Colorado state law permits the division of Colorado PERA retirement benefits through a Domestic Relations Order (DRO) in conjunction with a divorce involving a PERA member or retiree. A DRO involving a PERA member/retiree must be created in accordance with Colorado law and PERA Rules and procedures. (Since a divorce is a complicated procedure, each party in a divorce should consult with his or her own attorney.)
PERA provides the required forms and specific instructions to create a valid DRO that PERA will recognize. In addition, PERA should review the proposed DRO Order and Agreement prior to its submission to the Court.
The DRO materials listed below may also be ordered below, by emailing Customer Service, or calling 1-800-759-7372.
- PERA Benefits and Divorce
An overview of the applicable laws, PERA rules, and procedures which affect benefit payments to a PERA member/retiree (the “Participant”) and the spouse of a PERA member/retiree (the “Alternate Payee”).
- Domestic Relations Order (“Order”)
This form must be used by the court, without changes or alterations, for the division of a PERA benefit plan and/or for modification of a prior DRO.
- Agreement for Domestic Relations Order (“Agreement”)
This form must be used by the parties, without changes or alterations, for an Agreement for a DRO or modification of a prior DRO.
- Authorization to Release Financial Information in a Divorce
This form is to be used by the member/retiree to authorize PERA to release confidential PERA records and information relating to the PERA account.
- Your PERA Benefits
A general overview of PERA.
- PERA Rule 15
A copy of the applicable PERA Rule affecting DROs.
For questions relating to a DRO, please call PERA's Legal Department at 1-800-759-7372 ext. 6271.