Dissolution of Marriage and Your Pension Guide


As a member of LAFPP, it is important that you understand the impact a dissolution of marriage may have on one of your largest assets – your pension. In California, any asset acquired, or income earned while married is considered community property. As part of this, pension benefits and contributions are subject to community property laws and, as assets, may be subject to division upon dissolution of marriage. If the court awards part of your pension to an ex-spouse, LAFPP must adhere to state law in the disposition (settlement) of your pension.  This brochure provides an overview of how your pension benefits can be affected by a dissolution of marriage and what actions you need to take as the LAFPP Plan member.

In the Dissolution of Marriage Guide you will find important information on:

  • What to consider in the event of Dissolution of Marriage

  • What documents must be submitted to LAFPP

  • How community property is calculated

  • Frequently asked questions

If you would like more information or have questions, please contact the appropriate section listed below.

Active Members — Active Member Services Section at (213) 279-3140 or (844) 88-LAFPP. Email: amssection@lafpp.com

DROP Members — DROP/Service Pensions Section at (213) 279-3100 or (844) 88-LAFPP. Email: dropsp@lafpp.com

Retired Members — Retirement Services Section at (213) 279-3125 or (844) 88-LAFPP. Email: rs@lafpp.com

Other informational handbooks and guides may be found under the Forms and Publications.