I will try to keep short and to the point. My wife is German, she was married to an Air Force MSgt, the AF moved them to Kadena Air Base, Japan where they lived for four or so years. They were divorced in Japan in Aug 2002 through the Japanese court of family law assisted by the military legal office. They were married for 19 years and the divorce agreement states that she will get 25% of his retired pay. In 2005 she and I were married in Minot North Dakota where we now live. Her ex-husband has since retired from the military. My wife filed a DD Form 2293 (APPLICATION FOR FORMER SPOUSE PAYMENTS FROM RETIRED PAY) and sent it to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Cleveland Ohio. DFAS unfortunately do not recognize the divorce from Japan. Once the divorce is registered in a US court she can resend the DDForm 2293 to DFAS and they will automatically take the 25% from his retired pay. The question is how can we get the divorce registered? Since her ex-husband was in the military and the AF moved them to Japan does that satisfy the requirement to be domiciled in the foreign country and will full faith and credit be given because of that?
Thanks in advance for your help.