5 U.S. Code § 8417 - Survivor reduction for a former spouse
Survivor reduction for a former spouse
(3) An election under this subsection—
(A) shall not be effective to the extent that it—
(i) conflicts with—
any court order or decree referred to in section 8445(a) which was issued before the date of such election; or
would cause the total of survivor annuities payable under sections 8442 and 8445, respectively, based on the service of the employee or Member to exceed the amount which would be payable to a widow or widower of such employee or Member under such section 8442 (determined without regard to any reduction to provide for an annuity under such section 8445); and
shall not be effective, in the case of an employee or Member who is then married, unless it is made with the spouse’s written consent.
The Office shall by regulation provide that subparagraph (B) may be waived for either of the reasons set forth in section 8416(a)(2).
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