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January 29, 2019

Qualified Military (Pension Division) Orders

Similar to the Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) which give an alternate payee the right to receive payments from a former spouse's retirement plan. However, the rules change slightly when one of the spouses is a serv...

December 25, 2018

What is the Survivor Benefit Plan? (SBP)

Many families use a retired military spouse’s retirement pay as a substantial income supplement. Sadly, it can be a real hardship for a family when the retirement pay stops after the retiree’s death, leaving a spouse or child in...

December 18, 2018

What is the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA) and what should I know?

It may seem like divorcing a service member is an intimidating venture, and it rightfully may be.However, the law protects the rights and interests of family members just as muc...

December 4, 2018

The Surprising Scope of QDROs

A major focus of this month has been how property rights

to a benefit plan are acquired. Usually, this occurs after the dissolution of a marriage though, you may be surprised to know that this is not the only way for rights to the plan to tr...

November 27, 2018

Qualified  Domestic  Relations  Orders  


The  process  of  ending  a  marriage  is  never  easy.  The  emotional  roller  coaster  that  a  family  goes  through  is  enough  for  anyone  to  deal  with,  but  through  all  of  that,  the  spouses...

November 20, 2018

Your QDRO Roadmap

It may be a very difficult, frustrating venture to navigate through the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Internal Revenue Code,  various state law, and separate retirement benefit plan rules that employers may have. There is no perf...

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