Post Divorce Handbook

Divorce or Domestic Partnership Dissolution

Accrued retirement benefits are considered community property in California. Therefore, if you divorce or dissolve a registered domestic partnership, your benefit may be divided between you and your former spouse/partner, depending on the specific community property settlement agreed upon in your dissolution. 


Redeposits After a Domestic Relations Order

If you are required to divide accumulated service credit due to a divorce or domestic partnership dissolution court-ordered settlement, you may be able to purchase the service credit awarded your ex-spouse or registered domestic partner, with a redeposit.

Since separate accounts are created for both individuals, redepositing contributions and interest may be possible for both member and/or non-member (former spouse/domestic partner) in order to restore each account to pre-DRO levels, under very specific circumstances.