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Domestic Relations Order and Disability Retirement

Published: August 15, 2021

SCERA recently reviewed how we calculate benefit payments to the nonmember when a disability retirement has been granted and a Domestic Relations Order (DRO) is on file.  Our past practice was to stay silent on the issue in our sample language and to allow the parties to determine how they wanted the benefit split.  SCERA has since reviewed this process and the community property laws of California and we have now revised both sets of guidelines to specifically address disability retirements.  

A letter was sent out to those members who already have a DRO on file and who may be impacted by this change.  If you have a DRO on file with SCERA and you believe that you should have received a letter and didn’t, please contact us so that we can look into your situation for you.

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