Q. I was married to a U.S. Postal Service worker for 22 years. In the divorce I was awarded half of his pension. I got remarried before 55. My second husband has since died, in July 2018, and left no pension benefits. I am 59 years old now. Am I still entitled to half the pension of the first husband, since I am no longer married (now widowed)?
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Q. My father-in-law has an annuity taken out of his pension for the last 26 years. His wife died in 1998, and to this day he thinks he can’t stop the annuity from coming out of his pension. Is there a law he can turn to that would stop the 10 percent from going out of his pension?
Q. I retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2005. I was under CSRS during that time. When I retired I elected an annuity for my spouse (for after my death). We are getting a divorce. I wanted to know by how much will my annuity increase, and what happens to the money I paid into the death benefit annuity?
Q. I elected to have my husband receive 25 percent of my basic annuity. If he dies before I do, what happens? Will my annuity be recalculated without a survivorship benefit, or does it stay the same?
Q. My ex-husband and I had four children. One child is in college part time. My ex-husband passed away in 2012. I have gone to all avenues to get survivor benefits to no avail. What can I do?
Q. My sister’s husband passed away in December last year, and she received his CSRS benefits at 55 percent. She was told she is not entitled to any pay raises sense he retired, which was in 1996. But if she is entitled, who would she contact?
Q. My mom just passed on. She was receiving a disability annuity. When we checked with OPM, we were shocked to find out they had taken all of her retirement contributions and used it for her disability payments. Is this really what happened? A. In all likelihood, yes. Annuity payments to retirees — whether regular or disability — initially come from the contributions employees made to the retirement system while they were working. Only when that money runs out does the government begin making those payments out of the retirement fund. A retiree who worked full time for an entire…