Retirement after divorce


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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