Ask The Experts: Retirement

By Reg Jones

Same-sex domestic partnership and FEHB

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Q. I live in Washington state, I’m a widower and I receive a federal annuity. I’m in a relationship with a widow. Unable to marry because my partner would lose her survivor benefit from her late husband. Does FEHB recognize opposite-sex domestic partnership as Washington state does? I know FEHB does not recognize same-sex domestic partnership.

A. If you have a valid common law marriage (with a spouse of the opposite sex), your spouse is considered an eligible family member. Otherwise, no.

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