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Information for Military Members and Reservists


Recalled to Active Duty?
Reservists with child support obligations who are called to active duty:

If you are no longer activated and are back at your non-DoD civilian job and they are collecting your child support, please contact your local support enforcement agency and ask them to send DFAS notice to terminate the order that was sent to affect your reserve pay.

We cannot stop issuing support payments from your reserve pay unless we are served with a termination. Pay statements from your non-DoD civilian job are not sufficient to stop payments.

Mobilized Reservist and Child Support (pdf):  This is the Information Memorandum regarding “Mobilization of Reservists for Military Operation Enduring Freedom.” 

Supporting Multiple Families?

Affidavit of current Family Status (pdf):  Military members and federal civilian employees who are supporting another family may complete this form and submit it to DFAS Garnishment Law Directorate. This may be submitted by fax or mailed.

Military - Withholding and Remitting Schedule
All military garnishments are remitted to the recipient/court/State Disbursement Unit on a monthly basis.
Funds are withheld during the work month and are usually remitted on the 1st of the following month.  If the 1st falls on a weekend/holiday, the funds will be remitted on the last business day of the current work month.
Military Retirees
Withholding occurs during the entitlement month and remitted on the 1st of the following month.
Active duty military member garnishments
-Withholding occurs ½ on 15th and ½ on 1st and remitted on the 1st.
Reserve/Guard duty garnishments (this may include members who are on an active duty tour)
-Garnishment funds are withheld at the maximum withholding amount from the first pay the member receives.
-If the ordered amount is not withheld in full from the first pay of the month, additional amounts may be held from subsequent pay dates for that month.

Updated: August 14, 2023