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February 2012 Archives

What is a QDRO?

A QDRO, or Qualified Domestic Relations Order, is a domestic relations order that allows a former spouse to receive a portion of the other spouse's retirement plan. Under federal law, a QDRO is necessary in order to divide retirement benefits.

What is your "standard of living" for divorce purposes?

Divorcing couples and the courts look to the standard of living established during marriage to determine alimony / spousal support and child support. How can you figure out what the standard of living was during your marriage? What documents should you collect in order to show how many assets you and your spouse have and how you used those assets?

Facebook and divorce

Facebook isn't just for sharing information with our friends anymore; it is making its way into every aspect of our lives, including the courtroom. Divorce lawyers around the country will tell you that social media (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn) plays a part in many divorce and child custody disputes.

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