Is a QDRO always necessary?
Is a QDRO Needed for all Types of Retirement Plans? No. You don’t need a QDRO to divide Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), deferred annuities, or government retirement plans (military pensions and federal, state, county, or city retirement plans).
Are there any problems with a QDRO after divorce?
There are two (2) problems or issues that may occur with QDROs that all divorce litigants should be aware of to secure their own future after divorce. First, they have to be approved by the plan administrator for the respective pension or retirement account.
When does a QDRO need to be done in Indiana?
In Indiana, the trial court may use any date between the date of filing of divorce and the final divorce order as the valuation date. So if, to use a nice round number, Mr. Smith’s 401 (k) is worth $100,000.00 and the court orders it divided equally, the QDRO would move or apportion $50,000.00 to the other spouse.
What happens to my 401k after QDRO is approved?
What if in between the time the trial court issues its order, say for the $50,000.00 and the time QDRO is drafted, approved and implemented there is volatility in the stock market or the stock upon which the 401 (K) is funded becomes worthless? That was rarely a serious question attorneys and judges faced before the recent financial crisis.
What is a qualified domestic relations order ( QDRO )?
For this reason, it is important to understand how a court may apportion these accounts. This is by a qualified domestic relations order, commonly referred to by the acronym of QDRO. In simple terms, a QDRO is a court order that creates or recognizes rights to an alternate payee (i.e., the other spouse).
Can a QDRO be filed long after the fact?
They have no way to know that you didn’t settle outside the plan. It is pretty common for QDROs to be filed long after the fact since lawyers and parties lose interest post-judgment. Unless you don’t keep any records, you should have your divorce file and in it the list of assets you prepared for your lawyer.
Can a divorce attorney prepare a QDROs for You?
Most divorce attorneys shy away from preparing QDROs since it is highly technical and mistakes can be costly. It must be approved by the court and then submitted to a plan administrator who must also approve it.
Who are the people involved in a QDRO case?
The process involves a lot of people – – the two parties, their lawyers, the QDRO lawyer, the plan administrator, and the judge. Everyone has to do their job timely. If the process gets hung up anywhere along the way, which often happens, it can take even longer.
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This is a guest post by Clark Williams of Heltzel Williams, P.C. Clark is a QDRO attorney and also practices business law.