Texas State, Major City, & Public School Retirement Systems

In Texas, retirement benefits from the Systems and Plans listed below are administered by the State of Texas. At the time of divorce or dissolution of marriage, plan benefits may be divided between the participant or member and that person’s spouse. In order to effectuate a division of the pension benefits, a Qualified Domestic Relations Order must be prepared and submitted to the Plan Administrator. The Orders generated by our online service are specific to each System or Plan. Learn more by reading our FAQs below.


QDRO Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS)
(Texas Qualified Domestic Relations Order)
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QDRO Judicial Retirement System of Texas Plan One (JRSTP1)
(Texas Qualified Domestic Relations Order)
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QDRO Judicial Retirement System of Texas Plan Two (JRSTP2)
(Texas Qualified Domestic Relations Order)
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QDRO Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS)
(Texas Qualified Domestic Relations Order)
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QDRO Texas County and District Retirement System (TCDRS)
(Texas Qualified Domestic Relations Order)
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QDRO Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS)
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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Must a spouse share his order Texas ERS benefits in a divorce?
A. Depending on the divorce decree, a spouse may be awarded a portion of the pension benefits.
Q. Can the former spouse receive payments from Texas ERS immediately?
A. No Texas ERS payments are made only when the member spouse ends his or her employment, or applies for a benefit or refund, and his or her benefits become payable.
Q. After a member ends his or her employment, can the former spouse receive his or her share in a lump sum payment?
A. If the member decides on monthly payments, the former spouse must accept the same payment regime.
Q. Do payments to a former spouse require a court order?
A. PERA requires a certified copy of the marriage dissolution or separate order dividing the PERA pension (or a temporary retraining order preventing the application for a refund) before dividing the monthly pension.
Q. Can the type of pension be changed later?
A. No. A pension benefit cannot be revoked or changed. For example, if a former spouse is named survivor, payments continue to him or her after the member’s death.
Q. Can payments to a former spouse continue after his or her death?
A. Yes. A portion of the pension benefits may be granted as a permanent division of marital property in lieu of liquid assets; therefore, upon the former spouse’s death, payments continue to the estate until the death of the member spouse.
Q. Does Texas ERS accept out-of-state divorce decrees?
A. Yes, but the decree must be filed in Texas before Texas ERS can administer it.
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