Will a divorce automatically change the designations of beneficiary I have made in my federal benefits?
No. An employee or retiree who has designated a now-former spouse to receive life insurance, retirement lump-sum benefits or proceeds of a Thrift Savings Plan account must file new designations for any benefits that become payable to go to someone else. Designations of beneficiary may be changed at any time except that under life insurance, you cannot change the beneficiary designation if the policy was assigned.