Distributions under Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
Generally plan benefits may be paid only to you or possibly your beneficiaries or survivors. However, an exception to this may be made as a result of a qualified domestic relations order.
A domestic relations order is a court-ordered payment of benefits in connection with a support order, divorce, legal separation, or custody case. This means the Plan may be obligated to pay part of your account to someone else—for example, your former spouse, children or other dependents—to comply with such an order.
There are specific legal requirements a domestic relations order must meet to be recognized by the Plan Administrator. If you are affected by such an order, you will be notified by the Plan Administrator. You may obtain from the Plan Administrator, without charge, a copy of the procedures applicable to domestic relations orders.