Question Details: How do I find out if I qualify for income from my ex-husbands pension as he just recently retired. We were married for seventeen years and I receive alimony. Unsure if this was to be stated one way or another in divorce papers. The divorce was final 2/1997.
You need a copy of the divorce judgment. If the pension isn't mentioned in the final order or decree, you don't get any money from it. If you were given part of the pension in the benefits, rather than getting the value of that in cash at the time, it would be very clear, because the decree would require that another special form of order, a "QDRO," be prepared to direct the pension administrator to create what amounts to a pension sub-account for you, under your ex-husband's.