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Retirement Asset Division

The division of retirement assets at divorce is one of the most important – and most overlooked - aspects of community property division. Popp Law Firm, P.L.C. has made retirement asset division a special practice emphasis and has served hundreds of clients and other attorneys with retirement asset division.

The primary tool used in retirement asset division is the Qualified Domestic Relations Order ("QDRO"). A QDRO is a state court order that directs the Retirement Plan Administrator to pay the non-employee spouse some or all of the retirement benefits. A QDRO may be used to collect property awards, as well as child support and spousal maintenance. By proper delivery of a QDRO, the non-employee spouse can collect a tax- and penalty-free transfer of the retirement assets into his or her own IRA or other tax-deferred retirement account.

State and Federal employees participate in a variety of retirement plans, known by their acronyms ASRS, PSPRS, CSRS, FERS, and others. Correctly drafted and processed Domestic Relations Orders are needed to divided and protect a divorcing party's interest in these plans.

QDROs can be used to collect the non-employee spouse's property interest, child support, spousal maintenance and even attorney's fees. If you have questions regarding retirement asset division, please contact us to schedule a phone or in-office appointment.