Beginning January 1, 2020, common-law partners are permitted to submit Family Property Orders. If you are seeking a division of pension benefits as a common-law partner, you must meet the definition of a pension partner.
If your relationship ends, your pension benefit may be divided between you and your pension partner. This requires a family property order (FPO) to be filed with MEPP. An FPO will provide the details as to when and how your MEPP benefit is to be divided, if at all. You should consult your legal counsel about how to get and file an FPO. You can also send a draft copy of the order to MEPP for review before submitting it, which can save you time and money if it needs to be changed. Please note, an FPO is the only acceptable document to divide a pension. A family property agreement is not acceptable.
If you and your pension partner separate, please let Member Services know as soon as possible so that they can provide you with what you need to update your pension partner information.
Please note: completing a pre-retirement death benefit waiver does not prevent your pension partner from seeking a division of your pension.
There are several things to know when it comes to your pension and a divorce or separation.
If you separate or divorce, it is very important that you contact us as soon as possible.
It is suggested that you find an independent, professional representative who can give you legal advice about pension division and marital breakdown. You and your representative can also view detailed information about this topic here.
Pensions are considered family property which can be divided. It is very important to note that not every separation or divorce results in a member's pension being divided. You and your former partner can agree that other assets of equal value can cover anything owed, or you and your partner might agree not to divide anything at all, which would leave your MEPP pension unaffected.
In order to divide a MEPP pension, we require a court-certified family property order (FPO) that complies with the Plan rules. Please provide us with a draft order to review so we can make sure that we can follow the terms of the order.
Whatever you and your former partner decide to do regarding your MEPP pension, please let us know as soon as possible.