What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order?

A Qualified Domestic Relations Order, or QDRO for short, is a unique court order that is commonly used to split a 401(k), 403(b), pension plan, or some other “qualified plan” as defined by federal law. The Department of Labor defines a QDRO as an order that creates or recognizes the existence of an alternate payee’s right to receive, or assigns to an alternate payee the right to receive, all or a portion of the benefits payable with respect to a participant under a retirement plan, and that includes certain information and meets certain other requirements. The participant is the person…

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