How Do I Notify You of My Divorce?

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If you’re going through a divorce, you’ll need to provide the Plan with a Domestic Relations Order (DRO) from your divorce to manage your account. The DRO is a legal document that gives your employer and the Plan instructions on how your account may be divided with your ex-spouse (or alternate payee).

Here are some other ways we can help:

  • The Plan’s legal department can review a draft DRO prior to your court date
  • If you need a historical account statement, please send a request in writing

Domestic Relations Order (DRO)

To be valid, a DRO must:

  • Be directed to the New York State Deferred Compensation Plan
  • State the percentage of benefits that are to be paid to each payee and/or alternative payees
  • Specify the names, date(s) of birth, last known addresses and Social Security numbers for you and your alternate payee
  • Specify an effective date and the dollar amount or percentage of the benefits which are to be segregated for the alternate payee
  • Ensure that no actions are to be taken by the Plan which are inconsistent with the Plan document
  • Ensure no form of payment to the alternate payee that is not permitted by the Plan
  • Ensure that no prior domestic relations orders specify payment to a different alternate payee
  • Ensure that there is no reference to including investment experience in the calculation

A hold may be placed on the money in your account while the DRO is being validated and processed. Once the DRO is validated, a new account will be created for your alternate payee, and the assigned value will be transferred to that account.

Important: You should review your beneficiary designations after your DRO is processed, because your previous designations may be canceled or altered by the DRO.

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