Effen Posted November 7, 2022 Report Share Posted November 7, 2022 Anyone work with Civil Service Retirement System (Postal worker)? I am looking at a QDRO for a friend and wondering how something might be interpreted. This is an older QDRO (2003) and is very short. It splits the benefit according to the Majauskas formula, then is says, "The alternate payee shall be treated as a surviving spouse for the purposes of a joint and survivor annuity and pre-retirement survivor annuity purposes". Thats about it - it is only 4 paragraphs long. The participant has retired and the AP is getting benefits, but the question is, what happens if the participant dies. There was nothing in the QDRO about required form of payment, but I am wondering if the Normal Form in the Civil Service Plan is a J&S and therefore, saying that that the AP is treated as the spouse for the J&S annuity means they will continue to receive a survivor's portion if the participant predeceases the AP. Any thoughts? I assume the only way to know for sure would be to ask the PA, but I wondered if anyone had any thoughts before we did that. The material provided and the opinions expressed in this post are for general informational purposes only and should not be used or relied upon as the basis for any action or inaction. You should obtain appropriate tax, legal, or other professional advice. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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