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Court Orders

  • You can submit a court order if you are an employee, an annuitant, a former spouse, the former spouse's attorney or anyone else.
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  • The date of the court order itself is not relevant. But the date the agency or retirement system (as applicable) received the court order is relevant. If someone submitted a court order before July 22, 1998, it is not valid and the Office of Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (OFEGLI) cannot honor it.
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  • Yes, you as the insured, can cancel coverage even if there is a court order on file.
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  • No. A court order can direct that the insured individual assign (give up ownership of) his/her life insurance coverage under the FEGLI Program. But unless and until the insured individual files a valid assignment form (RI 76-10 Assignment), the insurance is not assigned. This is different than a designation. If valid, a court order can serve as a designation of beneficiary for life insurance purposes even if the insured individual doesn't complete a designation form.
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  • Employees: File the court order with your human resources office.  If you do not know how to contact your human resources office, ask the appropriate Agency Benefits Officer. Annuitants: File the court order with OPM's Retirement Office at: Office of Personnel Management Retirement Operations Center Validation Section P.O. Box 45 Boyers, PA 16017-0045 Compensationers: If you receive benefits from the Department of Labor, Office of Workers Compensation Programs and you've been receiving these benefits for less than 12 months and you are still on the agency's rolls as an employee, file the court order with your human resources office. If you are on compensation and are separated from your agency or have been receiving compensation for 12 months or more, file the court order with OPM's Retirement Office at the address above. Note: A certified copy of the court order must be on file with the appropriate office before the death of the insured person to be valid.
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  • Yes. Effective July 22, 1998, a new law changed the way the Office of Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (OFEGLI) pays death benefits. OFEGLI must pay benefits in accordance with the terms of a valid court decree of divorce, annulment, or legal separation, or the terms of a court order or court-approved property settlement agreement relating to such a court decree, regardless of whether the insured individual actually completes a designation complying with the court order. To be valid the court order must be a certified copy. The appropriate office must receive the certified copy before the insured's death and it must expressly provide for someone to receive your FEGLI benefits. If a valid court order is in effect, the insured individual cannot change his/her designation, unless the person(s) named in the court order agrees in writing or unless the court order is later modified.
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  • No. You cannot submit a new Designation of Beneficiary to void the court order. If there is a valid court order on file, you may not change or submit a designation of beneficiary unless the person(s) named in the decree, order, or agreement agrees in writing or unless the decree, order or agreement is modified. For more information, see the FEGLI Handbook.
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