(1) The remedies provided in RCW 41.50.670 through 41.50.720 are the exclusive remedies enforceable against the department or the retirement systems
listed in RCW 41.50.030 for the direct payment of retirement benefits to satisfy a property division obligation
pursuant to a dissolution order. The department shall not be required to make payments to an obligee of benefits accruing
prior to (a) thirty calendar days following service of the dissolution order on the
department; or (b) benefit payments restrained under RCW 41.50.720.
(2) Whenever the department of retirement systems makes direct payments of property
division to a spouse or ex spouse under RCW 41.50.670 to the extent expressly provided for in any 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, it shall be a sufficient answer
to any claim of a beneficiary against the department for the department to show that
the payments were made pursuant to court decree.
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