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Typical California Divorce Settlements and Retirement Accounts

How do typical California divorce settlements treat retirement accounts? It’s a pervasive question, and one that many Californians facing divorce need to ask. In most cases, 401(k) and pensions are divided by a qualified domestic relations order or QDRO. What is a QDRO? The Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO for short) is a legal document that provides instructions through a court order to the Plan provider regarding the community and separate property aspects of the 401(k) or pension. The document includes instructions and allows the Plan provider to make payments non-employee ex-spouse per the California divorce settlement. Individual Retirement Accounts…


Gray Divorce: Divorcing During Your Golden Years

Divorce among seniors may not be talked about as much, but it is more common than you would imagine. Stepping into retirement, you may find time on your hands, but you may also discover that you and your partner have drifted apart. With the children long flown from the nest, you now have the independence to make this decision to live out the rest of your days as you desire. Here’s what you need to know about divorcing in your golden years. Retirement Savings Worries about your 401(k) and other retirement plans become more immediate when you go through a…


What Happens to Your Retirement Savings In A Divorce?

Retirement assets are often the single biggest asset for many divorcing couples today, and if enough attention isn’t paid to the small stuff – the consequences can be dire. Here is what you must know before you sign off on an agreement or settlement with your soon-to-be ex. QDROs: The earlier the better A Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) must often be drawn up to divide key retirement assets and avoid tax implications in the division of such assets.  In case your divorce is finalized before this has been agreed to, you may later discover that something you had banked…

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