5 CFR § 1650.64 - Executive Director's exception to the spousal consent requirement.
(a) Whenever this subpart requires the consent of a spouse of a FERS or uniformed services participant to a loan or TSP withdrawal or a waiver of the right to a survivor annuity, an exception to this requirement may be granted if the participant establishes to the satisfaction of the Executive Director that:
(1) The spouse's whereabouts cannot be determined in accordance with the provisions of this subpart; or
(2) Due to exceptional circumstances, requiring the spouse's signature would be inappropriate.
(i) An exception to the requirement for a spouse's signature may be granted based on exceptional circumstances only when the participant presents a court order or government agency determination that contains a finding or a recitation of exceptional circumstances regarding the spouse which would warrant an exception to the signature requirement.
(ii) Exceptional circumstances are narrowly construed, but are exemplified by a court order or government agency determination that:
(A) Indicates that the spouse and the participant have been maintaining separate residences with no financial relationship for three or more years;
(B) Indicates that the spouse abandoned the participant, but for religious or similarly compelling reasons, the parties chose not to divorce; or
(b) A post-employment distribution election or an in-service withdrawal request processed within 90 days of an approved exception will be accepted by the TSP record keeper so long as the spouse named on the request is the spouse for whom the exception has been approved.