How do survivor benefits work under FERS and CSRS in situations such as divorce or getting married after retiring?
What impact can a divorce have on your FERS pension? The author describes a common scenario.
What happens to federal benefits in a divorce? These are some important considerations shared by a divorce attorney who specializes in working with federal employees.
The U. S. Supreme Court slapped down a decision by the Arizona state courts that held the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act did not pre-empt the Arizona family court’s order requiring that a military retiree make up for a portion of his annuity lost by his ex-wife by operation of federal law.
The author discusses a situation in which one retired federal employee was suddenly notified by OPM that he owed the agency over $28,000.
I am under CSRS and thinking about retiring soon. However, I am divorced and my divorce decree has a formula type clause and I don’t know how OPM will apply this formula in determining my annuity. Is there any way to get an estimate from OPM before I retire?
The rules governing retirement benefits for divorced federal employees and their former spouses are detailed and complex. The author provides some general advice for federal employees and their spouses in the event they are facing a divorce.
There are plenty of ways to mess up a divorce decree so that a surviving ex-spouse cannot claim a survivor annuity. This recent case is yet another example of what not to do.
In yet another case involving the current wife and ex-wife fighting over a federal retiree’s survivor’s annuity, the appeals court finds error in handling by OPM and MSPB and bounces the case back for another round. See why.
A federal court has upheld OPM in following the order of a divorce court to pay a portion of a retiree’s civil service annuity to his two adult children following the death of his ex-wife.