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The QDRO Process From Start to Finish

By |2021-11-12T14:10:03-08:00April 24th, 2020|Family Law|

What is a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO), and how do you know if you need one? If you need to divide property in a retirement or pension plan after a divorce, you will need a QDRO. Read on to learn more about the QDRO process from start to finish, and how A People's Choice can help.

Online QDRO Preparation – What You Need to Know

By |2019-11-03T14:44:25-08:00November 3rd, 2019|Family Law|

Don't settle for just any online QDRO preparation service. Did you know that most online QDRO services only prepare the forms? In other words, they do not provide the additional services you will require to actually complete the QDRO process. Remember, the actual division of the retirement account is only complete once a QDRO has been prepared, pre-approved by the Plan Administrator, signed by the parties, signed by the Judge, filed in the court case and a certified copy provided to the Plan.

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When Your Ex Spouse Won’t Sign QDRO

By |2019-07-08T12:29:54-07:00July 4th, 2019|Family Law|

Divorced spouses often contact us with concerns that their ex-spouse won’t sign QDRO, a qualified domestic relations order. The courts use QDROs (pronounced "quaw-dro") to officially divide a former spouse's interest in a retirement plan or pension plan. If your spouse won't sign QDRO, then you will not be able to complete the process of dividing the retirement account . However, the spouse refusing to sign could find themselves held in contempt of court for refusing to do so. This article reviews options you may have if your ex-spouse is refusing to sign your QDRO.

How to File a QDRO After Divorce

By |2020-11-25T13:03:56-08:00March 30th, 2018|Divorce, Family Law|

It is not necessary to divide all retirements plans in a divorce. However, if the court has ordered the division of a retirement account, or the parties have agreed to divide one or more retirement account, it will be necessary to file a QDRO after divorce. Here are the steps on how to file a QDRO after divorce.

Gilmore Rights and Your California QDRO

By |2018-01-18T15:46:22-08:00March 31st, 2017|Family Law|

Gilmore rights allow a divorcing spouse to receive a share of community interest held in their spouse’s pension plan. Specifically, this means the spouse can choose to receive these benefits before the participant actually retires. Benefits become eligible at the earliest date in which the employee spouse would be eligible to retire. To enforce your [...]

QDRO Wording, Terms and Definitions

By |2018-01-18T15:46:58-08:00April 15th, 2016|Family Law|

Words… there are many in the English language. Add a layer of “legalese” in the mix and often reading and understanding legal documents seems like you are reading a foreign language. This list of QDRO wording, terms and definitions will help you understand common terms used in QDRO matters. What is a QDRO? The acronym QDRO, [...]

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By |2018-01-19T17:24:02-08:00April 16th, 2014|

Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDROs) A QDRO (Qualified Domestic Relations Order) is a special type of court order that allows the division of retirement plan benefits between parties in a dissolution or legal separation. A QDRO (pronounced “quad row”) is a specific type of order that recognizes the right of an “alternate payee” [...]

What You Should Know about Mental Incapacity Divorce in California

By |2023-05-18T17:16:32-07:00April 11th, 2022|California Courts, Divorce, Family Law|

Divorce isn’t easy. You have to agree on difficult topics like custody of children and division of property, all while dealing with painful emotions. A mental incapacity divorce in California complicates things even further. It's not enough to show that your spouse acts erratically or irrationally; they have to fit very specific criteria for you [...]

When to Get a Divorce in California

By |2023-05-12T07:09:07-07:00July 26th, 2021|Divorce|

Divorce is nothing new. In fact, it’s been around for practically as long as marriage. It is derived from the Latin word “divortium,” which means separation. Although various countries interpret the word slightly differently, divorce all comes down to the same thing: separating from a spouse and moving on with your life. It’s interesting [...]

Printable Divorce Papers Can Now Streamline Your California Divorce

By |2023-05-12T07:10:06-07:00July 5th, 2021|Divorce|

California, the state with the world’s best beaches and home to lavish customs and lifestyle, is probably not the most pocket-friendly state. Divorce in California is expensive, confusing, and a little chaotic. Contrary to popular belief, this unpleasant situation can get overturned. As hectic and emotionally draining as divorce is, nobody needs complex legal matters to [...]