Benefits for ex-spouse

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Q. My divorce decree doesn’t mention retirement. We made no claim for each other’s retirement nor did we waive any rights. It just wasn’t mentioned. Can my ex-spouse claim any of my FERS retirement benefits? If so, would it only be half of what I put in during our marriage?
A. No, your ex-spouse cannot claim any of your retirement benefit. OPM won’t honor any request for benefits that wasn’t included in the divorce decree and filed with them.

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Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to fedexperts@federaltimes.com.

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