Browsing: SURVIVOR BENEFITS

Q. My just-deceased husband and I had been together for over 25 years. We were married for 13 years. Divorced, but lived together for nine years. Then we remarried for an additional three years. When he retired CSRS, he voluntarily elected survivor benefits for me as a former spouse. We didn’t remarry til I was 58. The election for survivor benefits states that it’s for me as a former spouse. Since the election was done when I was the former spouse, am I still entitled to receive the spousal benefits?

Q. I just found out that my ex-husband has retired. According to the divorce decree, I was to get 50 percent of his retirement, yet I have not received my benefit. I contacted him and his response was that they are taking it out of his annuity. However, I have never received it. How do I find where my benefits are?

Q. My husband was retired from the U.S. Forest Service 12 years ago and receives a pension. His first wife died a year after he retired, and the pension plan was still deducting the survivorship amount from his pension. We married in 2007, and he realized that I am not eligible for the survivorship because he did not change the spouse information in the time allowed. They are going to refund the survivorship deduction over the last 11 years, but is there anything else we can do to become eligible? What if we divorce and then remarry?

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