Divorce

Who Gets the Retirement Accounts?

Divorce

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Divorce

Retirement accounts are important assets to consider during a divorce -- use this eGuide to figure out how to divide them fairly. It will take you step by step through the process of figuring out how to divide your retirement plans when you divorce. It explains:

  • how retirement plans are legally divided between spouses
  • how the court will look at your retirement plans (the "legal value" of the plans)
  • how to figure out the real financial value of your retirement plans

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Product Details

When a marriage ends, you are faced with many difficult choices about your future. Even while you're going through the emotional upheaval of divorce, you must also make smart financial decisions about dividing the property you own as a couple.

Retirement benefits are valuable assets: In order to protect your right to receive your fair share -- and maximize the benefits available to you -- you need to consider your options.

This eGuide will take you step by step through the process of figuring out how to divide your retirement plans when you divorce. It explains :

  • how various types of retirement plans work 
  • how to gather information about your retirement plans
  • how the court will look at your retirement plans (the "legal value" of the plans)
  • how to figure out the real financial value of your retirement plans
  • how to account for taxes, penalties, vesting provisions and other variables that might affect your benefits
  • how retirement plans are legally divided between spouses
  • the pros and cons of dividing plans when you divorce, or waiting until you retire

They're downloadable and fully searchable -- check out Nolo's complete list of eGuides.

Included Forms
  • Worksheet: Calculating the Value of Plans
  • Acknowledgment of Receipt of Notice of Adverse Interest

About the Author

  • Violet Woodhouse

    Before her retirement, Violet P. Woodhouse was a noted author (Divorce & Money), lecturer, seminar presenter and consultant to the media in the areas of family law and personal finance; and a foremost authority on the financial and tax aspects of divorce. A practicing family law attorney as well as a Certified Financial Planner and Registered investment Advisor, she pioneered the development of financial analysis of property settlements for financial planners, and often acted as a consultant to divorcing spouses and their mediator during mediation.