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)?
A. No. 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.”