Reinstating a survivor annuity


Q. My deceased husband was a retired government employee. We have a notarized divorce agreement that he is giving me his annuities. I remarried before age 55 and did not get the survivors benefit. Will his intent to leave me his pension for our children, even when they are already adult, supersede marriage before 55? I have been divorced for 3 years, so can I be reinstated to collect an annuity?

A. According to OPM, “A former spouse who loses entitlement to a survivor annuity because he or she remarries before age 55 cannot have the survivor annuity reinstated if the marriage later ends by death or divorce.”


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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

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