DD Form 2293 Application for Former Spouse Payments From Retired Pay

What Is DD Form 2293?

DD Form 2293, Application for Former Spouse Payments from Retired Pay is a form that ex-spouses of servicemembers needs to complete in order to apply for and request child support payments, alimony or a division of property from military retired pay.

The latest edition of the DD 2293 was issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) in April 2018 and provides the option of using electronic signatures. All the previous editions of the form are obsolete. An up-to-date fillable version of the DD Form 2293 is available for download or electronic filing below or can be found on the Executive Services Directorate website.

DD Form 2293 FAQ

How to know if a DD Form 2293 has been filed?

The DFAS will notify servicemembers eligible to receive retired pay that the application for payments had been initiated. The servicemember will have 30 days since the notification date to provide the legal documents to prove that the payments should NOT begin. No payments are possible until the end of the 30-day period.

Can an ex-spouse acquire a DD 2293 Form?

Former spouses have the legal right to file the form and apply for payments. The ex-spouse is the only person that can file the application - servicemembers are not eligible to initiate the process.


DD Form 2293 Instructions

You need to make sure you have provided all the documents and all the data required for your request to be processed in a timely and efficient manner. The two main forms used to apply for former spouse payments are:

  • The military Form DD 2293 - properly completed and signed;
  • A copy of the applicable court order signed by the clerk of court.

The final page of the DFAS DD Form 2293 contains detailed instructions on filing the application. The form also contains the addresses and fax numbers to which the documents should be sent depending on the Uniformed Service designated agent.

Here is the list of items you may also need to attach to your application:

  • A certified copy of a Divorce Decree or its substitute;
  • A marriage certificate - in cases when the date of marriage is not specified in the court order;
  • Copies of birth certificates - if applying for child support. Alternatively, indicate birth dates of children within the form;
  • A completed Direct Deposit and an IRS W4-P.

Attach the document that includes entitlement award information in case it is not indicated in the court order. This paperwork may be either mailed to the corresponding address or faxed. Please make sure all forms are clear and legible before sending.

DD 2293 Related Forms

There are several more forms related to the DD 2293. These include:

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