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About Garnishment Law Directorate

The Garnishment Law Directorate remains operational, but we ask during this time you refrain from mailing correspondence and court orders. Instead, please fax all court order related documents toll free to (877)-622-5930 or submit your completed forms and documents online through the askDFAS module. Submitting your documents online or via fax is the quickest and most efficient way to submit your documentation at this time. 


The DFAS Garnishment Law Directorate is a consolidated court order processing operation for all of DoD and ePayroll civilian populations paid by DFAS.  The mission of this office is to process all court orders served on DFAS and its customers.  These orders can be for child support, alimony, commercial debt, divisions of military retired pay, former spouse survivor benefit deemed elections, chapter 7 and chapter 13 personal bankruptcy. This office is the authorized agent for receipt of service of process for these court orders.

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To prevent delays in processing, all court orders and documents mailed or faxed to the Garnishment Law Directorate must contain the member/employee’s SSN. The document will be returned without action if the SSN is not provided.


Are you a retired military member or former spouse with questions about the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act?  Read These FAQs


The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017, in Section 641, signed by the President on December 23, 2016, and revised in Section 624 of the NDAA of 2018, amended the definition of disposable pay in the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA), 10 U.S.C. § 1408-- In the case of a division of military retired pay as property (that becomes final prior to the date of a member’s retirement),  the military member’s disposable income is limited to "the amount of retired pay to which the member would have been entitled using the member's retired pay base and years of service on the date of the decree of divorce, dissolution, annulment, or legal separation" and increased by the cost-of-living amounts granted to military retirees from the time of the (divorce) to the date the member retires.  Read more.

Page updated November 17, 2020.