The federal law did not allow retired pay to be treated as joint property - please see for reference - http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/printer_friendly.pl?page=us/453/210.html
The Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA) of 1982 allows state courts to treat disposable retired pay either as property solely of the member, or as property of the member and his spouse in accordance with the laws of the state court.
For the Department of Defense (DOD) to make direct payments of a military member's retired pay to the former spouse, the following must be met:
The amount looks as if it was treated in the divorce as a property settlement since alimony was seperately stated and ended on a specific time period.
The deduction is not alimony. It is not deductible by your husband not is it taxable by his spouse. If the payment is made directly to him and he forwards the amount to the ex spouse, he will be taxed on the distribution as a pension. If the payment is made directly from the pension to the ex spouse, she will be taxed on the distribution as if it were her own account.