Updating marital status
In the OPSEU Pension Plan your surviving spouse is eligible for a 60% survivor pension if he or she was your eligible spouse when you started receiving your pension.Under the OPSEU Pension Plan, an eligible spouse is defined as one of two individuals, whether of the same or opposite sex, who: All terminating members must submit a signed Statement of Marital Status form plus other applicable proof listed below: For spouses who are married, OPTrust needs a copy of your marriage certificate as proof of relationship.If you are separated from Federal civilian service or the uniformed services: If, at any time, you are unable to obtain your spouse's consent or provide your spouse's address for notification, you may be able to obtain an exception by submitting Form TSP-16, Exception to Spousal Requirements (TSP-U-16, uniformed services). These exceptions are rarely granted.) Review your beneficiary designations to make sure that your TSP account will be awarded according to your wishes in the event of your death.
OPTrust will not pay survivor benefits unless we have evidence to prove marital status.Is there a cost for the providing a 60% survivor benefit for my spouse? The 60% survivor benefit is paid for your spouse's lifetime.What happens if my relationship ends after retirement?Please refer to our fact sheet Spousal Relationship Breakdown: Your Pension and Dividing Your Family Assets.If you are single, separated, divorced or widowed at retirement, it is important to understand that by signing the Statement of Marital Status form (previously titled Statement of Spousal Relationship) you have declared that there is no surviving spouse for your pension.