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Mailmancity15  
#1 Posted : Sunday, December 30, 2018 5:40:04 AM(UTC)
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My ex wife just turned 55 without getting remarried, so she is now eligible for for her portion of my annuity.Does she start receiving her portion when I retire, or, when I actually start to receive my annuity? Postal employee of over 30 yrs and age 56.
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Does OPM's Retirement Office have a copy of the court order that gives your former wife a portion of your annuity? If yes, then when you retire and immediately start receiving your annuity, she will receive a portion of your annuity according to the court order.
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#3 Posted : Sunday, December 30, 2018 8:02:36 AM(UTC)
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Thanks for your quick response! Can I choose a postponed retirement so that I can start collecting my pension at a later time? Or, is that just for the MRA + 10 folks? I know there's no 5% reduction with my 30 years if I were to retire before age 62.
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No. Because you have over 30 years of service and are age 56, you are eligible to retire. This means an immediate retirement with your first FERS annuity check one to two months after you decide to retire. When you retire, you cannot postpone the start of your FERS annuity. Your ex-wife will therefore receive her entitled portion of your FERS annuity at that time and every month thereafter.
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#5 Posted : Sunday, December 30, 2018 8:22:52 AM(UTC)
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OK. Thanks for the info and quick response. I appreciate all the help!
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You are most welcome.
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