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The Ohio divorce decree states: husband receives pension

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The Ohio divorce decree states: husband receives pension rights in lieu of other additional spousal support obligations, which would otherwise be required for the appropriate and reasonable support of the Husband given the incomes of the parties during the marriage and during separation... He re-married almost 2 years ago - is he still entitled to 1/2 of my pension?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Ely replied 10 months ago.

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Well first, can you please clarify if the the husband already received pension rights, or not?

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
The divorce decree was finalized in November of 2012 and QDROs were set up for him to receive 50% of my IRA and pension (and part of my 401k).
Expert:  Ely replied 10 months ago.
Thank you. I see what you are saying. Essentially:
"H waived alimony in favor of pension. But since alimony may be reduced/voided due to remarriage, should not the same apply to the pension then, since the pension was chosen in lieu of alimony?"
Not necessarily. Even though the pension generally cannot be minimized at remarriage because the accrued pension is community property, but alimony can be minimized or voided if a party remarries, the fact is that this was an agreed upon divorce (meaning, I am guessing that the parties came to an agreement over the divorce). Just because he chose A over B, does not mean that A can be voided by the same application of law as B.
The Court knew very well what the decree stated. He could choose pension or alimony, but it does not mean that they were IDENTICAL in scope. So he chose one which is more advantageous and which may not be voided later on. The Court is likely to uphold this.
So yes, someone in his situation can still arguably get the pension.
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