Divorce and Your Benefits

Dual Membership in NYSLRS

Divorce and Your Benefits

NYSLRS administers two distinct retirement systems:

  • New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System; and
  • New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System.

If a member has a membership in one of the above Systems, the Domestic Relations Order (DRO) may be directed to the “New York State and Local Retirement System” regardless of the system membership.

If a member has dual membership and is eligible to receive pension benefits from both systems, but the DRO is applicable to only one membership, then the DRO must specifically identify the appropriate system.

If a DRO is drafted against one of NYSLRS’ Retirement Systems and the member transfers to the other Retirement System, a new DRO will be required.


Rev. 2/23