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Surviving Spouse Pensions: How divorce, remarriage, and civil unions affect your pension

These guidelines are for those individuals who are receiving a surviving spouse pension. If you are a retired member wishing to find out about how divorce and remarriage affect your death benefits, go to "For Retired Members: Changes in Marital Status."

If you remarry enter into a new civil union

If you remarry or enter a civil union you will continue to receive your survivor's pension for the rest of your life. Remarrying or entering into a new civil union will have no affect on your pension.

Notify IMRF promptly

You should notify IMRF promptly if you remarry. Even though there may be no change in your pension, we need to know if there has been a name or address change.


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IMRF Online provides a brief summary of IMRF benefits and the adminstration of those benefits. IMRF members' and employers' rights and obligations are governed by Article 7 of the Illinois Pension Code. Statements in these publications are general, and the Illinois state law governing IMRF is complex and specific. If a conflict arises between information in these publications and the law, all decisions are based on the law.

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Page Last Updated by JC on 06.07.2011