NDPERS must approve all QDROs before being signed by the Court. 


  • Since NDPERS administers several retirement plans, any divorce decree submitted to the NDPERS office must clearly identify each specific retirement plan that it should be applied. This includes how the divorce decree should be applied if it may only be a division of benefits for one named individual retirement plan or multiple individually referenced retirement plans.
  • Under the North Dakota Century Code 54-52-26.8 confidentiality guidelines, NDPERS staff are authorized to provide the appropriate QDRO Model to aid in drafting a Domestic Relations Order after legal representation is established or a copy of the divorce decree is received.
  • NDPERS must approve the distribution of a member’s retirement benefits due to a divorce. Refer to theRelease of Information – Legal Representationfor disclosure of specific information relating to your divorce.
  • Your attorney should contact NDPERS to obtain a copy of the NDPERS QDRO Model prior to compiling a domestic relations order. 
  • Domestic relations order must be deemed compliant and qualified by NDPERS in accordance with North Dakota Century Code 54-52.6-12 and North Dakota Administrative Code Chapter 71-08-04
  • It is important to update your beneficiary designation, address, and phone number. To make changes, log in to your Member Self Service (MSS) account online or complete the forms below.