Property division is often one of the most contentious and complex aspects of divorce cases. The division of retirement accounts is an issue that creates disputes and is often the source of much confusion. You may not realize that the retirement benefits you and your spouse accrued during your marriage are subject to division at the time of your divorce.
Even if you do understand the law and can reach an amicable agreement on the division of retirement accounts, the challenge of actually dividing the retirement accounts remains. An experienced family law attorney can help you protect your rights if you face the prospect of divorce.
I am attorney Ronald K. Stitch. I practice exclusively in divorce and family law matters. With more than 35 years of divorce law experience, I have considerable knowledge regarding the division of retirement benefits. To speak with me or my associate Stephanie Rose O'Connor about property division during your divorce, please contact my Westlake Village law office by calling 818-237-4574.
Creation Of QDROs And DROs
One of the ways that lawyers deal with the issue of retirement account division is by creating qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs) or domestic relations orders (DROs). A QDRO or DRO is an order signed by a judge that instructs retirement plan administrators to grant a spouse a share of a retirement account. Rather than withdrawing funds from the account and incurring early withdrawal tax penalties, the QDRO or DRO awards a spouse a share or a right to a portion of the retirement account.
Certified Family Law Specialist On Your Side
The language of QDROs and DROs must be precise and accurate to protect your rights and interests. Retaining a highly qualified family law attorney is critical if your case involves the division of retirement accounts.
I have focused my career — more than 35 years — on helping people through family law issues such as dividing complex property during divorce. I have represented more than a thousand clients in divorce and property division matters. I am also a certified family law specialist certified by The State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization.
Discuss Your Property Division Case In A Free Consultation
To schedule a free consultation where we will discuss ways to divide your retirement assets, please call 818-237-4574 or send us an email. From our office in Westlake Village, we represent clients throughout the region, including Thousand Oaks, Los Angeles County and Ventura County.