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C.O.P.S. Arizona

Concerns of Police Survivors — Rebuilding Shattered Lives

Same sex/live-in partners

Beneficiaries to receive the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits death payment for line-of-duty death were changed by the “Mychal Judge Police and Fire Chaplains Public Safety Officer’s Benefit Act of 2002”, enacted as Public Law No. 107-196 on June 24, 2002. Live-in situations and/or same sex partners will be eligible for the PSOB benefit if the most-recent life insurance policy lists them as beneficiary. Live-ins and same sex partners who are listed as beneficiary on the most-recent life insurance policy will receive the benefit before surviving parents of the officer. If the officer is divorced, has not remarried and has no eligible children, the former spouse could receive the benefit if she is still listed as a beneficiary on paperwork the officer failed to revise. If the officer is divorced, has not remarried but has had a live-in partner for 7 years, the former spouse could receive the benefit if they are still listed as a beneficiary on the most-recent life insurance policy. 

IT CANNOT BE STRESSED ENOUGH HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO KEEP YOUR LIFE INSURANCE BENEFICIARY INFORMATION UP-TO-DATE

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