• Can I Pursue Retirement Benefits Earned By My Spouse As Part Of A Florida Divorce Decree?

    October 15, 2014

    Subject to certain rules, you most likely qualify for retirement benefits your spouse earned while working during the years of your marriage. However, you do not receive benefits automatically. You need to take specific legal action to make sure your rights are stipulated within your spouse’s plan. If your spouse participates in a qualified retirement plan with an employer, you are most likely an alternate payee of a portion of the benefits from the plan. In the event you divorce, you still qualify for these benefits, provided you pursue a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO), which is often requested of the judge as part of your divorce settlement. A QDRO must meet specific IRS requirements: It must recognize that alternate