Because the divorce process is unfamiliar to most people, the terminology can be daunting. Some terms are unfamiliar, some are often misunderstood. Our firm believes it is important our clients fully comprehend the key elements and language of divorce. The following is a glossary of terms and phrases related to divorce and the divorce process.
In a divorce, you don't need a QDRO to divide up an IRA between you and your soon-to-be ex without dire tax consequences. You can simply arrange for a tax-free rollover of money from your IRA into an IRA set up in your ex's name. Then your ex can manage the rollover IRA and defer taxes until he or she begins taking money out of the account.
If you are getting a divorce, and have a qualified retirement plan at work-such as a 401(k) plan-or a self-employed or small-business retirement program, such as a simplified employee pension plan (SEP). You'll probably have to divide up your retirement account (or accounts) between you and your ex as part of the divorce property settlement. However, doing it carelessly can create a real tax fiasco for you.
Here is an article from Nolo which addresses financial mistakes to avoid in divorce. There are many such lists but I find this one particularly useful. Divorce can cause stress and anxiety and research has shown that stress and anxiety can seriously affect one's judgment, even if normally financially astute. Before taking any financial actions while considering divorce, consult with your attorney. Your emotions many have already clouded your financial judgment. Contact us with questions