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 Alight Solutions, 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 Investment Plan

For questions pertaining to the FRS Investment Plan contact the offices of Alight Solutions at 866-446-9377 and select option 4.


FRS Pension Plan

The Department of Management Services has provided detailed instructions (Adobe PDF Document) for establishing a QDRO.

In order to approve a QDRO, we will need the following information:

  • The name, Social Security Number and birth dates of both the FRS Participant and the Alternate Payee. We have provided this form (Adobe PDF Document) for your convenience, or you may contact our QDRO Team.
  • A certified copy of the final judgment and marital settlement agreement, which can be obtained by contacting the Clerk of Court in the county in which you were divorced.
  • The divorce estimate from the Division of Retirement.
  • A model QDRO completed for review.

The Department of Management Services has provided a checklist (Adobe PDF Document) for your convenience.


Model QDROs

The model QDROs differ from each other depending on several factors. Therefore, please select the appropriate response below: 

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