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Q. My ex-husband is getting ready to retire from civil service. In our divorce decree it states he will pay me part of his retirement when he retires. What do I have to do and will I lose this because I have remarried?

A. You would only lose your entitlement to part of his retirement if you remarried before age 55. If you didn’t, you’ll need to file a copy of your divorce settlement with the Office of Personnel Management’s Court Ordered Benefits Branch, P.O. Box 17, Washington, D.C., 20044-0017. Give them a call first at 1-888-767-6738 to be sure that what you have is what they’ll need.

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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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