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Question: I was divorced in November 1996 with an order granting my ex about 23 percent of my retirement (CSRS). It has always been my understanding that if she dies that 23 percent would automatically revert back to me. I recently heard that this is not the case. Could you please clear this up for me?

Answer: Do not know where you read that upon the death of your ex, the portion of your CSRS annuity (23 percent) going to your ex does not revert to you. Consider the 23 percent of your CSRS annuity going to your ex as alimony. By law, when the alimony payee dies, the alimony payor ceases payment. In your case, this means the 23 percent of your CSRS annuity reverts back to you.

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