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Court Ordered Benefits

Courts can issue orders that award benefits to legally separated spouses, former spouses, and children of current employees, former employees, and retirees under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS, Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), the Federal Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program, and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).

The Office of Personnel Management instructs that agencies can prepare estimates of benefits that the employee has already earned. However, an employing agency cannot determine the proper division of benefits between spouses, or the “present value” of employee annuity (which must be determined by a private actuary). Also agencies do not provide estimates that involve speculation, or attempt to advise an employee, spouse, or attorney about how to draft a court order.

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