St. Louis Qualified Domestic Relations Order Attorney

What is a QDRO and why would I need it or want it?

QDRO stands for Qualified Domestic Relations Order, and it is a vital tool in enabling courts to handle the division of pensions, retirement accounts and other similar funds.

A combination of federal and state laws allows a court to apportion pensions and retirement accounts without penalties and tax consequences, and to do so in a way that does not effectively destroy the investment.

Administrators of pensions, retirement accounts and similar funds have very specific requirements for dividing these accounts.  The failure to follow these requirements can result in the administrator refusing to accept the order and disburse the funds.  Only an experienced attorney with expertise in drafting QDROs can provide you with the proper language that will allow the disbursement of investment funds in the manner the court intended at the time of its Judgment.

In a high asset divorce, QDROs are not only common, they are necessary.  It is highly unlikely that parties with a great deal of wealth tangled in pensions and investment funds and other future interests can divide these assets without huge tax consequences or devaluing the asset absent the use of a QDRO.


Our Most Popular QDRO Blog Posts

Can a Court Issue a QDRO After the Pensioner Dies? – We examine how a pensioner’s death brought a case to Missouri courts with wide reaching impact.

Federal Retirement Benefits and Divorce – Retirement plans are included as property in a divorce, and QDROs are often needed.

IRAs, 401(k)s, and Divorce – It is essential you speak with an attorney if you are considering divorce because your retirement is often impacted by this decision.


Getting Help

As you can see from the issues to resolve, the process is not just a short set of simple, self-executing rules, but involves many complex and often difficult questions of proof.  Only a skilled and experienced attorney can properly advise you as to your rights with regard to QDROs, and protect those rights in a legal proceeding.

At The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C, we have over fifty years of combined experience handling family law matters. We help individuals understand their rights with regard to all issues, including writing and amending QDROs.  We have handled hundreds of trials before family court judges; if you choose The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C., you will have the benefit of a divorce attorney unafraid to go to court, advocate on your behalf and fully present your case.

Time to Act

Time is of the essence.  As soon as you select The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. to represent you, we will immediately put our considerable experience and resources to work on your case.  The sooner we can review the necessary information, the sooner we can formulate a strategy for your unique circumstances, helping to insure the best possible outcome.

Your future is at stake.  Make the right call and contact us today at (314) 993-6300.  There is no charge for the initial consultation – and the only obligation you have is the one you have to yourself to gain the best representation possible.

Contact The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C.

For an initial consultation with an experienced St. Louis family law attorney, contact us or call our office at 314-993-6300. We will set up a telephone consultation, if necessary, and will meet with you on Saturday upon request. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are welcome.

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