If an ex-spouse dies prior to the member’s retirement, the DRO on file is vacated (nullified). NYSLRS must calculate the member’s future pension benefit without regard to equitable distribution. The entire benefit will be paid to the member.
If an ex-spouse dies after the member retires, NYSLRS will stop payments to the ex-spouse after receiving a copy of the certified death certificate. The ex-spouse’s share of the pension will then be paid to the member, retroactive to the date NYSLRS is notified of the ex-spouse’s death.