Q. I have two employees that do not want to leave their spouses a survivor annuity, without the spouse signing anything. One is CSRS and the other is FERS. The FERS employee has been separated for two years now and does not want to leave him anything, since she is not legally separated. But if she was legally separated, does she have to leave him anything?
A. Both those employees are required by law to provide a full survivor annuity for their spouses, unless their spouses agree in writing to a lesser amount or none at all.
My question is do the spouse have to sign off on the paper work for retirement. ..my spouse retired without me knowing and I wasn’t aware of paperwork that I should have signed. .can I do anything about this? ??
There is no requirement that you sign off on your spouse’s retirement unless he chose to provide you with something less than than a full survivor benefit – or none at all. If he tried to do that without your agreement – in writing -his decision would automatically be rejected.
My ex husband retired from Union Pacific 3 years ago he left me and his two children 3years ago for a younger woman after he married her our son and I were disabled his son was over 22 but it caused us both mental problemstate from it now I am turning 65 I have to take his r.r.retirement it is going to cause us to lose benefits that help us survive what should I do
Your question falls outside the boundaries of this forum. We are only able to answer questions about federal employee, retiree and survivor benefits.
I suggest you check with the Retirement Railroad Board. They work together with Social Security benefits. There are some SS benefits that RR doesn’t provide, like disability for children, but the RRB benefit check is supposed to be increased to match that. Their website and Q&A is: https://www.rrb.gov/opa/qa/pub_1703.asp. The list of RRB Field Offices which is where you can get assistance is: https://www.rrb.gov/field/field.asp
Thanks for sharing this.
You should contact the Railroad Retirement Board. They are supposed to increase their benefit to match those that Social Security offers but they don’t, like disability for children. The list of RRB offices is at: https://www.rrb.gov/field/field.asp or call 1-877-772-5772.
I am a retired with Civil Service Federal Pension which my wife got 40%. She remarried before 55 so she lost survivor benefits. The California court awarded her part of the pension as community property. The paperwork says she can award my pension to the kids upon her death instead of returning it to me. (The kids are all adults with more income than me) Will the Federal government honor that and give the adult kid the other half of my pension?
No, it won’t.