Plano, TX, Divorce Lawyers Helping Couples DivorceAfter 50
Division of Retirement Accounts and Pension Plans with QDROs
“Erin is representing me in a divorce action and has been very helpful throughout the process that is ongoing at this point. She typically returns phone calls immediately and is direct and to the point. I would consider her a true, no-nonsense attorney, who does care for her clients.” M.C., Denton County
It’s becoming more and more common for folks over 50 to file for divorce. It’s not just a trend in Texas. “Silver divorces,” as the media has dubbed them, have increased nationwide even as divorce rates for younger age groups have plateaued or fallen.
Why are couples in their 50s, 60s and even 70s choosing divorce? They want more from life than a not-so-good marriage. And with 20 or 30 years still ahead of them, the time to create that new life is now.
At Albin Roach our Plano, TX divorce lawyers are here to help you through the process of filing for divorce. We understand how anxious you may feel if you are or soon will be relying on your retirement account or pension plan to pay for daily expenses, but once you get past this phase and get your budget in line, you will be okay.
We are a cost-conscious law firm, always working to save our clients from unnecessary expenses and attorneys’ fees. You can have confidence that we will present you with affordable options for resolving the issues of your divorce, including divorce mediation. Call our office at 214-430-4440 to schedule a visit.
Who Owns the Pension or Retirement Fund?
In every state in the union, a pension or retirement account is considered a joint asset, even though only one spouse earned it. If you both have an IRA or an employee-sponsored retirement account or pension plan, both accounts are marital assets and can be divided.
But all of the money in a retirement account may not be joint. If you had your retirement account before you were married and then continued to contribute to it, that premarital portion of your account will be considered separate, and the interest on that portion is also separate. Your Albin Roach divorce lawyer will bring an accountant to your case to accurately assessing the portion of a retirement plan that is separate versus joint.
Another way in which your retirement account might be protected from property division is if you and your partner signed a prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement. Such an agreement would allow each party to retain control over their own retirement assets.
Dividing a Pension Plan Without Penalties
How you put money into and take money out of a retirement account or pension fund has tax consequences so it’s very important that it’s done right. In the case of a pension fund, you will need a QDRO (Qualified Domestic Relations Order) to transfer funds. A QDRO is a court order telling the pension fund manager that you can access pension funds to pay child support, alimony or for property division at the time of a divorce.
If the pension in question is a military pension, you will need a Military Pension Division Order. If it is a Texas state government employee pension, you will need an ERS QDRO. If the retirement account under consideration is an IRA or a SEP account, you do not need a QDRO to access the funds. The funds can simply be transferred, without penalty, into an IRA or SEP account for the receiving partner.
Meet with a Divorce Lawyer Serving Frisco, McKinney, Plano and Allen, TX
Schedule a time to meet with one of our Frisco property division attorneys. We think you’ll enjoy the comfortable, informal atmosphere of our office, and find our lawyers easy to talk to, and ready to explain your legal rights and options. Call Albin Roach at 214-430-4440 or contact us online.