The Army strongly enforces Soldiers’ support of Family Members; a soldier is required to provide financial support to geographically separated family members. Commanders become involved when the parties are unable to agree on a proper method to provide financial support to the family members. This obligation does not arise until a family member or an authorized representative of the family member complains to the command that the Soldier is failing to provide proper support.
Family Member financial support is enforced in accordance with:
• Soldiers will comply with the financial support provisions of all court orders. Failure of a Soldier to comply with a financial support or related provision of a court order may also be the basis for a lawful order from a commander to comply with such provision.
This Army Regulation applies in the absence of a financial support agreement or a court order containing a financial support provision and until such an agreement is signed or such an order is issued. Allegations or even proof of desertion, adultery, or other marital misconduct, or criminal acts on the part of a spouse will not excuse a soldier’s obligation to comply with the provisions of this regulation unless a Special Courts Martial Authority releases the soldier under the provisions of this regulation.
Non Support of Family Members – Commander’s TIPS