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Distributing Retirement Benefits of Railroad Workers via Partition Orders

December 9, 2014

The Railroad Retirement Act (RRA) replaced the Social Security Act for establishing the kinds of benefits railroad workers earn during their careers in the field.  The plans which the employees participate are administered by the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) which is an independent entity from the rest of the Executive Branch of government. The RRB […]

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What is a CSRS Order and What Can it Accomplish

December 8, 2014

For employees of the federal government, there are 2 different benefit systems in which the employees may accrue their retirement benefits.  Civil servants maintain their funds in the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), and other federal employees are in the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS). Just as qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs) govern division of […]

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What is a FERS Order and What Does It Accomplish

December 5, 2014

For employees of the federal government, there are 2 different benefit systems in which the employees may accrue their retirement benefits.  Civil servants maintain their funds in the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), and other federal employees are in the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS). Just as qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs) govern division of […]

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What is a Military Pension Order and What Does It Accomplish

December 4, 2014

A member of the military who accumulates retirement benefits can divide those benefits, upon divorce, with his or her spouse but certain requirements must be met. Just as a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) provides the method by which the courts distribute ERISA governed retirement benefits to an ex-spouse or some other enumerated beneficiary at […]

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What is a STRS Order and How is it Used

December 3, 2014

Previously we discussed the purpose and role of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, or QDROs on this site. Such orders, which require judicial approval in the context of a divorce proceeding or legal separation, govern the distribution to the other spouse of ERISA governed retirement benefits after divorce or legal separation – or to other identified […]

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Necessary Language in Military Pension Orders

December 2, 2014

As discussed in previous blog posts on this subject, military pension orders provide for the division of a service member’s pension benefits to ex-spouses after the completion of a divorce, separation, annulment or dissolution of a marriage. The military pension order must include certain information in order to be honored by the Defense Finance and […]

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