Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 4. Pension and Survivorship Benefits

Survivorship Benefits To Surviving Spouse Or Dependent Children

19-17-405. Survivorship benefits to surviving spouse or dependent children. (1) Subject to subsection (2) and the limitation in subsection (4), survivorship benefits equal to the full or partial pension benefits otherwise payable to the deceased member must be paid or continue to be paid to:

(a) the surviving spouse, unless the spouse is convicted of knowingly, purposely, or intentionally causing a member's death or disability;

(b) the dependent children upon the spouse's death; or

(c) if the deceased member left no surviving spouse but left a dependent child, to the guardian or other person having custody of the dependent child.

(2) Benefits payable to a dependent child must be paid pursuant to 19-2-803.

(3) The survivorship benefit must be paid in each of the following circumstances:

(a) the death on or after July 1, 1995, of a member who had at least 10 years of service and who was not receiving pension benefits; or

(b) the death on or after July 1, 1985, of a retired member who was receiving pension benefits but who had not received benefits for a total of 40 months.

(4) Survivorship benefits under subsection (1) terminate when benefits have been paid for a total of 40 months, including any pension or disability benefits paid to the retiree before death. At the request of the recipient, a lump-sum payment may be made in lieu of up to 40 months of survivorship benefits.

History: En. Sec. 6, Ch. 65, L. 1935; re-en. Sec. 5158.6, R.C.M. 1935; amd. Sec. 192, Ch. 147, L. 1963; amd. Sec. 4, Ch. 118, L. 1965; amd. Sec. 4, Ch. 80, L. 1971; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 168, L. 1974; amd. Sec. 7, Ch. 535, L. 1975; amd. Sec. 2, Ch. 95, L. 1977; amd. Sec. 25, Ch. 157, L. 1977; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 489, L. 1977; R.C.M. 1947, 11-2025(3), (4); amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 130, L. 1985; Sec. 19-12-405, MCA 1991; redes. 19-17-405 by Code Commissioner, 1993; amd. Sec. 14, Ch. 175, L. 1995; amd. Sec. 125, Ch. 99, L. 2001; amd. Sec. 117, Ch. 429, L. 2003.