Qualified Illinois Domestic Relations Orders (QILDROs) are court orders that direct TRS to pay all or a portion of a member’s benefit or refund to an alternate payee, typically a former spouse. QILDROs are issued under the Illinois Pension Code, 40 ILCS 5/1-119. For detailed information, please consult the QILDRO publication.
The alternate payee’s share may be expressed in dollar amounts or in percentages. If the QILDRO uses percentages, a second court order — the Calculation Order — is needed to tell TRS how much to pay the alternate payee. The Calculation Order may be submitted after the amount of the retirement benefit or refund is known. This two-step process may be useful when divorce occurs before the member retires.
You may complete the QILDRO forms online in this area. Once approved by the court, send a certified copy of the court order to TRS's Office of Legal Counsel with the required $50 processing fee. The member’s signed consent form is also required if TRS membership began before July 1, 1999. TRS has policies and procedures in place to protect your Social Security number (SSN). If SSNs are omitted from the face of the court order, SSNs must be provided in an accompanying Notice of Confidential Information Within Court Filing form.
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