The Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act provides a method for a spouse or a former spouse to receive a portion of a service member’s military retired pay. The USFSPA does not automatically entitle a former spouse to a portion of the member’s retired pay; the former spouse must have been awarded a portion of the retired pay through a court order. The USFSPA also provides a method of enforcing things such as child support and alimony awarded in the court order.
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How this benefit helps
This benefit helps former spouses of retired service members ensure they receive their share of the retired pay, child support or alimony as directed by a court order.
The USFSPA protects former spouses of retired service members
Former spouses of retired service members may be entitled to a portion of the service member’s retired pay.
How to access this benefit
More information on the USFSPA can be found by contacting the Defense Finance Accounting Service.