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#1 Posted : Monday, March 25, 2019 6:25:27 AM(UTC)

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Former Spouse - Age 63, not re-married prior to age 55, divorced after May 7, 1985 and not married 30 years or longer. Court order (OPM has acknowledged and accepted certified copy) awards former living spouse a maximum (or other) survivor benefit (at her election). If she elects survivorship benefit, she also is ordered to pay for it. Does OPM reduce her annuity payment to cover her election for the survivor benefit? If not, how is that payment collected?
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, May 22, 2019 1:56:14 PM(UTC)
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It is the annuitant's annuity (CSRS or FERS) that will be reduced in order to give a survivor annuity benefit to the benefit. If the former spouse is paying for the survivor annuity benefit, then the former spouse will therefore have to reimburse the annuitant each month for the survivor annuity cost.
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