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What is a QDRO?

Posted by Kathleen Murphy | Aug 20, 2019

A QDRO is the acronym for a Qualified Domestic Relations Order which allows a private pension plan to separate a pension or a similar retirement account including a 401(k).   If your spouse has a 401(k) or a pension and you have been awarded a share of this asset, you will need a QDRO prepared and entered by the court.  Once it is entered, the document is forwarded to the Plan Administrator of the retirement fund.  The Administrator will thereafter separate the pension and/or 401(k) account into two (2) separate accounts without taxable consequences involved in the separation of the asset.   

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Kathleen Murphy

Kathleen Murphy is graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.A. in Political Science, 1985. She attended Campbell University Law School and received her Juris Doctorate, 1988. Ms. Murphy has been a family law attorney for over 30 years and has limited her practice solely to family law since 1988. On October 1, 2023, Kathleen accepted a position as a senior attorney with Triangle Divorce Lawyers and she can be reached at [email protected]. Ms. Murphy is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, NCBA Family Law Section Member, is a trained Family Financial Mediator and a trained Child's Advocate. Ms. Murphy is married to a City of Raleigh Firefighter and has four children, three daughters and a son. Ms. Murphy is a contributor to an International podcast. Crime Stories with Nancy Grace is broadcasted daily and you can hear Ms. Murphy's comments on cases involving victims of family crimes and the impact of family court.