FAQ & Fees

QDRO Forms Prepared by a QDRO Attorney
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 form QDRO 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.

Are there different types of QDROs? What are the fees?

There are several types of QDRO forms, and some have different names such as DRO or QCO. The following chart lists the orders Mr. Stan Beutler will prepare with the corresponding fee:

Fees apply to all States, D.C., and U.S. Territories


(All States, DC & U.S. Territories)

QDRO FEE (or related Order)

(Note discounted fee for 2 or more QDROs, described below)


401(k), 403(b), annuity, 457(b), profit sharing, ESOP, 401(a), money purchase, etc., including union plans



Pension plan, cash balance plan, 412(i) plan, etc., including union plans



Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard - active or reserve, etc.



COAP, Civil Service Retirement System CSRS, Federal Employee Retirement System FERS, Thrift Savings PlanTSP, Railroad Retirement Board, etc.



Public Employee and Teacher Plans for states, DC and U.S. territories, including, but not limited to, the following:

CalPERS - California Public Employees Retirement System

CalSTRS - California State Teachers Retirement System

LACERA, SDCERA, Fire & Police Pensions

457(b) Deferred Compensation Plans

Arizona State Retirement System

Florida Retirement System Pension Plan

Public Employees Retirement System of Nevada

New Jersey Public Employees' Retirement System

New York State and Local Retirement System

South Carolina Retirement System






Stock purchase, SERP, top-hat, excess benefit, etc.



  • $295 for the 2nd QDRO

Call for discounted fee quote for three or more QDROs

All Fees Are Set. There Are No "Hidden" Or Extra Charges Billed Later.

What do the fees include?

The fees listed above include the following services:

  • All consultations with you and/or your attorney

  • Preparation of the QDRO form (or related order)

  • Submission to the plan administrator for review

  • Negotiations (if any) with the plan administrator

  • Changes (if any) requested by the plan administrator

  • Procedures for you to sign and to file in court for judge to sign

  • All consultations until the QDRO process is complete

  • Final plan administrator approval is guaranteed

Why are the fees so reasonable?

Mr. Stan Beutler has drafted thousands of QDROs over the past 30 years, for entities public and private, small and large, including most Fortune 500 companies. With all of his experience and resources, he will efficiently draft your customized form QDRO for the practical set fees described above. Also, Mr. Beutler intends to keep his fees affordable so he can assist those who most need his services.

How do I pay for my QDRO(s)?

You can pay with a check, money order or bank-to-bank transfer. You can also pay over the phone with a debit or credit card, or pay by clicking the Paypal Payments link below and following the steps.

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 QDRO 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 form 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 QDRO form.

Who should I trust to draft my QDRO?

Stan Beutler, Esq., is a licensed attorney and former judge who has over 30 years experience drafting and designing all types of plans, including 401(k), defined benefit pension, profit sharing, 403(b), 457(b) plus many others. Click here for PROFILE. To effectively draft a QDRO form, an attorney must understand the intricate details of each document and how they apply to a client's situation. Mr. Beutler sees the big picture and is licensed and qualified to protect your interests.

Mr. Stan Beutler has extensive knowledge of how QDROs must be drafted to comply with court rules, format, and procedures. In addition, he is familiar with how employers administer retirement plans, and what steps must be taken with the plan administrator in the QDRO review process. Mr. Beutler guarantees that the form QDRO he prepares for you will be approved by the plan.

Free Consultation. Call Mr. Beutler at (435) 634-1777 or email at stan@stanbeutlerjd.com 
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