Retirement after divorce

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Q. When planning an immediate retirement under FERS after 30 years and beyond minimum retirement age and divorced for over 15 years, is either party required to produce a divorce decree during the retirement process to show no retirement money is due or not due to the retired employee’s ex-spouse after retirement?

A. Yes. You’ll find the requirement to provide that information in the Application for Immediate Retirement: Section E of Standard Form 2801 (CSRS) or Section C of Standard Form 3107 (FERS).

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  1. Section E says you only have to provide a copy of the Divorce Decree if you answer “Yes” as to whether you have “a living former spouse from which you were divorced after May 1, 1985 AND to whom a court order gives a survivor annuity based on your Federal employment.” To me, this looks like if there is no court ordered annuity, no divorce decree required.

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