I went to law school, but it was a LONG time ago, and I never dealt with divorce issues. Someone I know is in a situation that doesn t seem equitable to me. Clarification would be welcome.
A belongs to a union pension plan.
B is married to A but has no regular employment history.
They divorce. B is represented by an attorney; A is not.
The divorce settlement awards half of A s future pension benefits to B.
A retires and draws half benefits for a short time, then B dies.
I haven t seen the documents on this, but I m told that the divorce settlement specifically prevents the full pension from reverting to A.
It seems like there could be issues here in terms of contracts and state or Federal pension rules. Suggestions are most welcome. Thanks.