Department of Management Services
Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)
In an award of retirement benefits in a Marital Settlement Agreement or Dissolution of Marriage, the FRS member's former spouse (Alternate Payee) is eligible to receive a portion of the member's FRS benefit. However, before an Alternate Payee can be awarded a benefit, a Qualified Domestic Relations Order, or QDRO, must be approved.
The Division of Retirement will approve a QDRO entered on a Pension Plan account and Aon Hewitt, the administrator of the Investment Plan, will approve a QDRO entered on an Investment Plan account.
Below is information intended to provide assistance in obtaining an approved QDRO in a timely manner. The instructions include steps to obtain an approved Pension Plan QDRO, a description of the payment process and contact information. Model QDRO's are available for use under the FRS Pension Plan.
|FRS Pension Plan|
Instructions and Model QDRO's under the FRS Pension Plan:
- Instructions for Establishing a QDRO
- Generic Version
- Alternate Payee is Former Wife
- Alternate Payee is Former Husband
|FRS Investment Plan|
- FRS Investment Plan QDRO Procedures Guide
- FRS Investment Plan QDRO Instructions and Model Language Guide
If you were a previous member of the Pension Plan prior to your Investment Plan membership and part of the marital period was during your Pension Plan membership, you may request a calculation of your marital percentage from the Bureau of Retirement Calculations. You may reach the Bureau of Retirement Calculations by phone toll free at 888-738-2252, or locally at 850-488-6491.