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Understand Qualified Domestic Relations Orders in Placer County

A special type of court order, also known as the Qualified Domestic Relations Order, or QDRO, divides the retirement plan between two parties in a divorce of separation.

  • According to state law, a Qualified Domestic Relations Order:
  • Recognizes the right of a former spouse, domestic partner or child to receive a part or all of a pension plan that belongs to their former spouse
  • Is typically required in divorce proceedings where parties are dividing their retirement plan benefits
  • Applies to both parties in a divorce if one of the spouses earned retirement benefits during the course of the marriage

There are several ways that the QDRO plan can be calculated. Unless otherwise specified by the Marital Settlement Agreement or judge, a formula is used. This formula is based on several variables to compute the amount payable to the alternate payee. For cases where a lump sum is distributed, the alternate payee can choose to receive the single payment or to apply the amount to an Individual Retirement Account.

We Are Your Advocates Throughout the QDRO Process

In most cases, the process of obtaining a QDRO takes approximately two to four months from the start of the drafting. The length of the process will vary depending on several factors such as the time it takes for the court to issue the QDRO or the time it takes to formally approve the QDRO.

The QDRO isn’t always included in the divorce process. Many couples become angered after paying high fees to their attorney and the QDRO wasn’t even included. If you need legal advice or help settling the QDRO portion of your divorce, contact us at the Law Offices of Keegan & Myers, PC. We take an understanding and aggressive approach for our clients’ legal needs.

Call our experienced Rocklin family law attorney at (916) 634-0067 to discuss your QDRO. We offer a low-cost initial consultation and are able to assist clients in Placer County, Sacramento, and beyond.