Pensions, IRAs and 401(k)s
Protecting Retirement Accounts
Pensions, IRAs, 401(k)s and other retirement assets are not immune to property division. However, portions of these accounts acquired prior to marriage may be. It is important that you choose an attorney who understands how to work with forensic accountants and other experts as necessary to review accounts against the date of marriage and protect any portion that should be considered separate property. The Attorneys at Hale Ball in Northern Virginia brings more than 30 years of experience to these cases.
Particularly in complex high-asset divorce cases, retirement accounts are just one layer of what is likely a diverse and far-reaching marital estate. Our attorneys have the skill to see pensions, IRAs and 401(k)s not as encumbrances, but as another tool that can be used in negotiating property division agreements that ultimately allow you to walk away after your divorce with your most prized assets still in your possession and your fair share of the marital estate. While our negotiation skills are well-honed, we are fully prepared to take matters further if necessary to pursue the results you need.
Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO)
Pensions, IRAs and 401(k)s do not change hands during a divorce in the same manner as other property. Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO) are the tools used to move certain retirement assets from one spouse to the other according to the terms of the property settlement agreement. We are experienced in the creation and use of these orders, allowing us to ensure that all accounts are moved properly.
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If you have a question, we encourage you to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our Northern Virginia lawyers. To make an appointment call us at the above telephone number 1-703-591-4900 or use the contact form below.
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