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Divorce and Your Benefits

Dual Membership in the Retirement System

The New York State and Local Retirement System is comprised of two distinct systems:

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

If a Participant is a member of 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 Participant’s system membership.

If a Participant 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.

Please note, all sample DRO language provided in this guide is directed to “New York State and Local Retirement System”.