Even in the simplest of cases, divorce can be a complex matter. If you add in assets that are difficult to divide, such as a retirement account or pension plan, the process can become even more difficult to effectively navigate. Thankfully, divorcing parties can improve the outcome of their case by ensuring they have the assistance of a seasoned divorce team on their side. Learn more about retirement plans in divorce, including the importance, challenges, and risks completing a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) with help from the following information.
What is a QDRO?
Most often seen in divorce proceedings, qualified domestic relations orders are used to instruct the plan administrator on how the benefits of a retirement plan will be paid to a non-employee (the spouse of an employee). Required only in ERISA-qualified plans, these documents are complicated and subject to approval from the administrator. There are also federal regulations that must be adhered to and tax consequences that one must consider when completing their QDRO. As such, individuals are discouraged from pursuing a QDRO without the assistance of an experienced legal professional.