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RRB Rejects Partition of Annuity
(Posted June 9, 2014)
Question 1138: I divorced in 2001. In the court orders, my ex (who was the railroad worker) was to pay me 15 years of his pension. I recieved a letter from the RRB saying the document DOES NOT COMPLY with the regulations of the Board. Language in the partition award attempts to set up an account for me, which they say is not permissible. They also say I need to send a QDRO back to the court for approval. Can you help me?
Answer: The RRB can only divide the rail worker's Tier 2 if the final divorce decree specifies a monthly amount or a percentage of the monthly annuity rate to be paid to the spouse.
You should contact the attorney who handled your divorce and ask him or her to contact the General Counsel's Office at the Railroad Retirement Board. The attorney can assist you in preparing a new order for the divorce court to approve as a QDRO.
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