Colorado QDRO

What is a QDRO?

QDRO or QUADRO is the legal acronym for "qualified domestic relations order." This is a court order that assigns to an "alternate payee" (usually the former spouse) the right to receive all or a portion of retirement plan benefits payable to a "participant" (employee). A Colorado QDRO or QDRO Colorado is also used to collect alimony and/or child support payments. A QDRO is a technical legal document which should be drafted only by an experienced, licensed attorney and signed by the judge assigned to your case.

When do I need a QDRO?

You need a QDRO if you and/or your spouse have money in a retirement plan and you are separating from your spouse, are in the process of getting divorced, or are already divorced. The sooner you get the QDRO form drafted and signed by the judge the better.

Why do I need a QDRO?

You need a Colorado QDRO or QDRO Colorado in order to become legally entitled to your share of money in your spouse's retirement plan(s). Mere mention of a dollar amount in your divorce decree will not suffice, even if the judge signs it. In order for your interests to be protected, you must have a signed QDRO with no fewer than 11 specific legal requirements. This is the bare minimum. Mr. Beutler may use up to 30 additional provisions in the QDRO to protect your specific needs, depending on what benefits, rights, and features are included in the retirement plan. Each plan is different. For example, government and military plans have other requirements that differ from a standard Colorado QDRO or QDRO Colorado.

Mr. Beutler prepares QDROs for all types of entities, both public and private. It is impossible to list all of the private entities for which he has prepared QDROs, but the following is a list of several public state or local government QDROs or DROs that he has prepared:

Public Retirement Plans

  • Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association PERA

  • Denver Public Schools Retirement System

  • Fire & Police Pension Association of Colorado

  • Denver Employee's Retirement Plan

  • County Retirement Plans

  • City Retirement Plans

  • 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plans

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Mr. Beutler will draft your QDRO(s) and guide you through the entire process as your exclusive contact.
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