How is my ex-wife’s benefit from my pension calculated?

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The court order states that my ex-wife is “…entitled to a 50% share of the employee’s benefit based on the service…February 25, 1990 through December 6, 1996.” Suppose I retire in 2020 with 30 years of service. Since we were married for 7 years, i think her share will be (7/30)X50%=11.665 %.
My question is 11.66% of what? The average of the highest 3 of my pay during 1990-1996?

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Asked on March 13, 2019 2:40 pm
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Did you receive a notification OPM had determined the Court Order Acceptable for Processing (COAP)? According to the OPM Benefits Branch they send both spouses a letter with the calculated % but neither of us received a letter: divorced 2003

( at April 17, 2019 12:33 am)
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In the absence of the court order dictating the high-3 is frozen for this purpose as of the date of divorce, they will use your high-3 at retirement.

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Answered on March 13, 2019 7:33 pm

Would they use use Gross or Net Annuity ? (If not specified in the court Order)

In this case or similar case who gets to pick survivor base (whether full or one half) if it is also not spelled out in the court order. (just stated she is allowed for survivor benefit)

Thanks George

( at March 16, 2019 12:07 am)
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Everything is determined by the court order. OPM will determine and calculate. If the court order does not meet OPM’s guidelines, you will need to have it amended.

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Answered on March 18, 2019 2:23 pm