Should you elect a survivor benefit for your spouse? You must pay for survivor benefits out of your annuity. Here are the costs and some of the considerations when you make this decision.
A surviving widow of a retired federal employee tried without success to convince OPM, the MSPB and the appeals court that her deceased husband had provided her a survivor’s annuity.
What will happen to a federal employee’s annuity in the event of a divorce? The answer is not always clear–even after a decision from OPM and the MSPB as demonstrated by this case.
The federal retirement system can be complex and confusing. Add a divorce into the mix, and the confusion and complexity increase. Here is a recent case that shows how confusing the issue of a survivor annuity can become as a result of a divorce.
CSRS employees get credit for unused sick leave when they retire which can create confusion for employees under FERS.