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If you are subject to a court order to provide support for your spouse, former spouse or children, the court can order SERS to withhold from your benefit the specific amount due and send it to the Office of Child support. [Read More...]
Regardless of the number of support orders that SERS receives or the total amount of support ordered to be paid, the total amount of support that can be deducted from your payment cannot exceed 50 percent of your payment after taxes if you are supporting another spouse or child; or 60 percent after taxes if you are not supporting another spouse or child.
Your benefit payments can be subject to Ohio court orders (DOPO) that require you to pay a portion of your benefit to a former spouse for purposes of dividing your marital property while you are receiving the benefit. [Read More...]
Your ex-spouse receives payment in the same manner as you do (monthly) and cannot receive payment until you receive your payment. Payment to your spouse will stop when you stop receiving a payment. Regardless of the number of DOPOs SERS receives the total amount deducted from your benefit cannot exceed 50 percent of your original benefit amount.
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If you are receiving a disability benefit under the new plan, you will be required to convert to a conversion retirement payment plan at the end of your disability period. Ohio law also allows a court to order you to select a retirement plan that provides a continuing benefit to your ex-spouse in the event of your death.[Read More...]
This order must be issued as part of your divorce proceedings and issued prior to the effective date of your retirement. If this type of order is issued and you are receiving a disability benefit under the new plan, when you apply for conversion retirement you must select a payment plan that complies with the court order.
In addition, if you are under the new disability plan and apply for conversion retirement you will be eligible for a PLOP. If you decide to receive a PLOP, this amount is subject to support orders and DOPOs.
You should discuss these matters with your attorney if you find yourself going through a divorce.[Hide]