How is My TRS Account Affected by Divorce?
Should you divorce, your beneficiary information on file with TRS may need to be updated. Please note: Divorce decrees have no impact on your TRS account. TRS is a state administered retirement plan and is not subject to Qualified Domestic Relation Orders (QDROs). Funds from TRS are exempt from levy, garnishment, or attachment, and a TRS member cannot assign his or her benefits (Georgia Law - O.C.G.A. § 47-3-28). Any division of funds to which a member may agree must be handled privately by that member after payment is made to him/her by TRS.
A member cannot make a partial withdrawal from his/her account. Accounts can only be refunded in full, and only after the date a member has terminated his/her TRS covered employment. (O.C.G.A. § 47-3-128). TRS will make payment only to the member.