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Social Security After Divorce

Many divorce cases fail to settle in a timely fashion because of fights over money. How to divide the house, bank accounts, retirement accounts, investing accounts, and so forth can take a good deal of back and forth. One asset some couples try to fight about is Social Security Benefits. But I have good news! Social Security Benefits are one thing you don’t need to address in your divorce settlement. The Federal government already has rules in place for how a divorced person can claim Social Security Benefits, and very little that your soon-to-be-ex-spouse does will affect your benefit.

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What Is a QDRO?

If you are getting divorced, it's possible that you’ll need to use a QDRO (pronounced “quah-droh”). But what is a QDRO, when do you need one, how do you get one, and how do they work? This month I explore the whats, whys, and hows of QDROs.

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Retirement Accounts in Divorce

The typical divorce case involves a mix of assets including a family home, some bank accounts, some investment accounts, and some retirement accounts and retirement benefits. Retirement accounts and benefits are inextricably linked with tax law, which makes them complex by nature. Because so much wealth is tied up in retirement accounts and benefits, it’s vital to understand what you are dividing so you can reach a settlement that won’t backfire on you down the road.

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