(1) A participant or alternate payee must submit a certified copy of a family law order (FLO) to the MPERA for board approval. The board has delegated authority for approval to the executive director of MPERA.

(2) All FLOs must be applied prospectively and may only allocate future payments. However, a FLO may include procedures for collecting retroactive amounts from future payments.

(3) For purposes of allocating a lump sum payment, the FLO must be received before the payment is mailed or otherwise conveyed to the participant.

(4) If a member requests a refund, the MPERA will notify the alternate payee. The alternate payee may request a direct payment or a direct rollover to another eligible plan. Within 60 days of the date of notification, the alternate payee must inform MPERA of his or her choice and if necessary, provide MPERA with any information necessary for a rollover. Otherwise a direct payment will be made to the alternate payee after 60 days.

(5) Beginning on the effective date, payments to the participant, if any, will be adjusted as directed in the FLO and payments to the alternate payee(s), if any, will be retained by the MPERA. If the proposed FLO is approved, retained payments will be paid to the alternate payee(s); if not approved, to the participant.

(6) The board's decision to approve or not approve a FLO is final unless the participant or alternate payee files a request for an administrative contested case hearing within ten days from the date the MPERA sends notice of the decision. If an administrative hearing is properly requested, the board must make the final administrative decision after receiving the hearing examiner's proposed decision.

History: 19-2-403, 19-2-907, MCA; IMP, 19-2-303(18), 19-2-907, MCA; NEW, 1993 MAR p. 2400, Eff. 10/15/93; AMD, 2002 MAR p. 2182, Eff. 8/16/02; TRANS, from ARM 2.43.616, Eff. 9/30/02; TRANS, from ARM 2.43.1705, 2008 MAR p. 2467, Eff. 12/1/08; AMD, 2011 MAR p. 1678, Eff. 8/26/11.