Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO)

Our law firm will protect your assets during your family's transition

There are many matters that need to be settled when married couples separate or divorce, and some of the most difficult and confusing of those issues are financial. A qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) is a court order used to help separating couples split their pension plans during divorce.  A well-prepared QDRO can potentially save thousands of dollars for the separating couple, but you need a law firm with expertise in both tax planning and family law to achieve that goal. The attorneys at Brown, Naegle, Crider & Jensen LLC can help.

We're uniquely qualified to assist with complex QDRO cases

Essentially, a QDRO is a court order that requires a pension plan administrator to pay a portion of the benefits to the participant's former spouse, more formally known as an "alternate payee." A QDRO is a fairly complex order that accompanies a divorce agreement and specifies the amount and means of calculating the benefits awarded. Only certain retirement plans qualify for QDROs.

These complex cases touch multiple areas of law, and our team is uniquely qualified to handle them. Tax attorney Shad M. Brown and family law attorney Brad Crider will work together to answer all of your questions, including:

  • Does my or my spouse's retirement plan qualify for a QDRO?
  • How can I make sure I receive the benefits I need to maintain my quality of life?
  • How can we reduce tax liability and keep more of that pension?

By default, the former spouse who is the plan beneficiary is responsible for paying any associated taxes. However, the beneficiary also has the option of rolling over the money into his or her own IRA, which postpones payment of taxes. This step can potentially save thousands of dollars for both spouses if the size of the retirement account is substantial.

A QDRO is just one method we can use to safeguard your assets during a divorce. Rely on our experience to find the most favorable way forward as you go through this important transition. Contact us online or call 480-378-9000 today to schedule your free consultation with an experienced attorney.

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