Where is my spouses pension?
by Carie white
(Det, mi, wy)
After divorce, I was told that I get half of my ex pension.
How does that work? would I get my pension that I work for alone with half of my x pension or just his pension ?
Wendy: IT depends on what you are asking about.
If you are talking about Social Security as a "pension", then you will get the best between: (1) your own benefit based on your work history, or (2) half of his benefit.. assuming you were married at least ten years.
Instead, if you are talking about a pension from an employer,.. maybe your Ex worked for GM or Fords, for example, that is different. You would have received a DRO, Domestic Relations Order, at the time you divorced. IT would explain when you can begin your benefit, and what you will receive. If in doubt, you can contact his employer to ask if you qualify for a benefit.
Hope this helps!