Sunday, May 17, 2009
Cuyahoga County Court of Appeals ruling on disability pension benefits.
The Cuyahoga County Court of Appeals has recently ruled that disability pension benefits are not “marital property” (which would make them subject to division between the spouses in a divorce) unless they are taken by the retiring spouse instead of that spouse continuing to work or taking his or her regular pension. See: www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/docs/pdf/8/2009/2009-ohio-2263.pdf. If the retiring spouse has any of his or her normal pension benefits reduced because of taking disability pension benefits, then a corresponding amount of the disability pension benefits become martial property. Thought: A spouse who is going through a divorce who has the ability to receive both a regular pension and a disability pension must engage in some sophisticated math and planning before making an election to receive either or both a regular pension or a disability pension.