How to Collect Child Support from a Member of the Military or VA Benefit
COLLECTING FROM MILITARY OR V.A.
- There are specific military pay offices that handle child support collections.
- It is a simple process to obtain involuntary allotment (income-withholding). You need to have a child support order and the payments need to be 60 days behind.
- DFAS Quick Guide for the US Military Brochure about steps to take to collect Child support
- VA benefits are not attachable. However, a child is entitled to a VA allotment. Also, receipt of VA benefits have been determined to be income that a court can use to base a finding of contempt of court.
- Active Duty Service members are required by military rules to voluntarily sign their child up for basic living allotments. You can write the military member’s commanding officer to seek assistance to accomplish this if needed.
- To establish paternity, you can serve a summons to the alleged father at this military office.If court action is needed, and the service member is not available because he/she is overseas, or otherwise unavailable, the court is required to appoint an attorney to represent him/her under the Soldiers and Sailors Act.
Verify that someone’s member of the military at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/scra/scraHome.do
Send all income withholding orders by mail or fax to:
P.O. Box 998002
Cleveland, OH 44199-8002
Phone: 888-332-7411 – Garnishment Customer Service Fax: 877-622-5930
For active, reserve or retired military Coast Guard, mail or fax income withholding orders to:
Commanding Officer (LGL) U.S. Coast Guard
Pay and Personnel Center 444 SE Quincy Street Topeka, KS 66683-3591 Phone: 785-339-3595
For civilian federal employees working for the Coast Guard, send income withholding orders to
National Finance Center Pay Tech Section Post D-41 13800 Old Gentilly Road New Orleans, LA 70129
Inquiries may be faxed to the Coast Guard’s Pay Tech Section Mail Box at 303-274-3866. Replies will be returned by fax or email.
(Tell your state government child support agency: That by automating the generation of income withholding orders, states can meet their two-day turnaround requirement. States that have automated this process have benefited from substantial increases in collections. (For sending electronic income withholding orders (e-IWO) to DFAS, see “Where to Send Income Withholding Orders for Military and Civilian Personnel”.) The Coast Guard does not accept e-IWOs at this time.)
Terminations of income withholding orders should also be sent to either the DFAS Cleveland or the Coast Guard office addresses listed above, not to the other DFAS sites.
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