In general, a member’s benefits may not be assigned to, or attached by, a third party except in limited circumstances. A member may assign all or a portion of his or her benefits pursuant to a domestic relations order that meets the requirements of a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) within the meaning of section 414(p) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

NHRS members or retirees who are considering or proceeding in divorce should seek the advice of independent legal counsel relative to the impact of these proceedings on their NHRS benefits.

Effective, March 7, 2022, NHRS will only accept QDROs in the pre-approved template format below.  No alternative form of a QDRO will be accepted.

NHRS QDRO Templates and Instructions

Fillable QDRO Template – Member Retired on Date of Order

  • Instructions for Retired Member Template - coming soon

Fillable QDRO Template – Member Not Retired on Date of Order

  • Instructions for Non-retired Member Template - coming soon

Additional information

Frequently Asked Questions about Divorce/QDRO