Division of Property Order (DOPO) and Ohio Deferred Compensation
DOPOs are court orders to divide state of Ohio pension plans. A separate QDRO is required for the Ohio Public Employees Deferred Compensation Program.
Social Security Offset
Ohio Revised Code Section 3105.171(F)(9) states that “In making a division of marital property and in determining whether to make and the amount of any distributive award under this section, the court shall consider…any retirement benefits of the spouses, excluding the social security benefits of a spouse except as may be relevant for purposes of dividing a public pension…”
If you need to request a Social Security offset, we need the following information:
- $900 ($400 for the DOPO and $500 for two present values)
- DOPO Request Form
- Present Value Request Form (one for each party)
- The appropriate state plan authorization form
- The non-participant spouse’s Social Security Wage History: Obtaining Social Security Information
In state of Ohio pension plans, an Alternate Payee cannot be awarded preretirement survivorship, and there are special rules for post-retirement survivorship. We highly recommend that you use our suggested separation agreement language to address these issues.