Q: Is there a place at the Office of Personnel Management where I can forward a copy of my divorce decree and request an estimate of how much of my annuity will go to my former spouse? I have the retirement estimate from my human resources office and can provide them an amount of my total annuity.
A: You can forward your divorce decree to the Office of Personnel Management, Retirement and Benefits Service, Court Orders Section, 1900 E Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20415. However, OPM won’t provide you with an estimate.
Is there any update to this answer with regards to OPM providing an estimate?
No, there isn’t.
Your divorce decree should state how much of your annuity goes to your former spouse. Keep in mind that OPM must have a “Court Order Acceptable for Processing” to disburse anything to the former spouse. Often, the QDRO that many states issue is not sufficient to meet OPM’s requirements. I suggest you download and read/give to your Attorney the publication on OPM’s site.
1. RI38-116 is the Handbook for Attorneys: https://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/publications-forms/pamphlets/ri38-116.pdf
2. RI84-1, Court-Ordered Benefits for Former Spouses at: https://www.opm.gov/retirement-services/publications-forms/pamphlets/ri84-1.pdf
Thanks for providing the additional details.