Can a divorce order require my salary or annuity to be garnisheed?
Yes. Virtually all forms of an active employee’s compensation, ranging from basic pay to various forms of premium pay, special allowances and awards, overtime, differentials, special pay adjustments, incentives, and severance pay are subject to garnishment pursuant to an order for child support, alimony, or commercial garnishment include. So are retirement benefits, dependents’ or survivors’ benefits, refunds of retirement contributions.

The major exclusions are reimbursements for expenses incurred by an individual in connection with employment such as travel, transportation, relocation and storage expenses, per diem, along with such allowances and payments as post differentials and allowances, and allowances for uniforms, living in foreign areas, education for dependents, maintenance, home service transfer, quarters, and remote worksites.

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