(1) An ex spouse of a law enforcement officers' and firefighters' retirement system
retiree shall qualify as surviving spouse under RCW 41.26.160 or 41.26.161 if the ex spouse has been provided benefits under any currently effective court decree
of dissolution or legal separation or in any court order or court-approved property
settlement agreement incident to any court decree of dissolution or legal separation. Such an ex spouse shall continue to receive the court-awarded portion of the member's
benefit after the member's death as if the member was still alive.
(2) An ex spouse whose benefit resumes as a result of chapter 62, Laws of 2005 shall
receive an initial payment equivalent to that portion of the member's benefit received
prior to its suspension. The benefit will not be adjusted under RCW 41.26.240 for the period the allowance was suspended.
(3) Chapter 62, Laws of 2005 shall not result in the payment of benefits for the period
during which benefits were suspended.
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