(A) A surviving spouse is a wife or husband as set forth in a statutorily valid certificate of marriage or as recognized by judgment of a court establishing a common-law relationship.
(B) For the purpose of this rule, rule 5505-7-03 of the Administrative Code, and section 5505.17 of the Revised Code, "child" and "surviving child" shall mean a biological child, lawfully adopted child, or child placed for adoption of a member or retirant.
(C) A survivor shall apply for benefits on a form prescribed by the board, including a certified death certificate. In addition, a survivor shall provide proof of eligibility by submitting a certified marriage certificate, birth certificate, or other document that establishes marriage or parenthood.
(D) Survivor benefits shall be effective the day following a member's death and the first of the month following a retirant's death.
(E) The board reserves the right to deny benefits for failure to provide satisfactory proof of eligibility.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 06/22/2015 and 09/08/2020
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 5505.07
Rule Amplifies: 5505.17
Prior Effective Dates: 2/1/1992, 2/1/1990, 1/1/1986, 12/23/2005, 9/28/2010