No Federal Survivor Annuity After 35 Years of Marriage

After some thirty-five years of marriage, a woman filed for divorce. Before the divorce was finalized, her husband retired from the Army. He elected a survivor’s annuity for his spouse even though they were in the process of getting a divorce. When the ex wife filed paperwork with OPM to receive her survivor annuity after her former husband died, the agency turned her down and the court upholds the ruling to deny her the annuity.