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Retirement Accounts and 401(k)s

When dividing up assets during a divorce, it is important to consider future assets, such as retirement plans. Retirement plans have value, and there are cases in which a spouse who did not work should receive support from his or her spouse's retirement plan. In many divorces, retirement savings, such as IRAs or 401(k) accounts, are significant assets; in fact, retirement assets are often the most valuable assets that a couple possesses.

The Chicago divorce attorneys at Nottage and Ward, LLP, understand the financial issues that arise during the divorce process. If you're going through a divorce and would like to receive your fair share of retirement benefits acquired during your marriage, make sure your rights are fully protected. Call us at (312) 332-2915 to find out how we can help you.

Understanding the Process of Evaluating a Retirement Plan During a Chicago Divorce

When evaluating a retirement plan during a divorce, a Chicago family law court will consider the type of plan, the changes in value to the plan during the marriage, and contributions made to the plan during marriage. Specific contractual terms, the age of the employee, the potential retirement date, and the years of employment before and during marriage will be considered as well. All benefits earned during a marriage are marital assets and must be divided. Benefits earned before marriage or after the date of dissolution are characterized as non-marital property and are not subject to division; the spouse to whom the assets belong will retain his/her non-marital portion.

It is common for a divorce to result in the need to allocate a defined benefit plan. In such cases, one spouse may receive monthly payments that start at a certain age. A defined benefit plan is often called a pension. This type of account guarantees the holder a specific amount of money upon retirement. The sum can typically be paid out either on a periodic basis or, in some cases, in one lump sum. In such cases, the former spouse may be entitled to a portion of the retirement value earned during the marriage. That spouse will not, however, be allocated any of the value of the retirement account that is added after the divorce, or that was earned prior to the marriage.

How a Qualified Chicago Divorce Lawyer Can Help

There are many important factors to consider when filing for divorce. If you are about to file for divorce, or if your spouse has already filed for divorce, make sure you reach out to an experienced divorce lawyer who will review your financial situation and help you get the support you need.

The Chicago family law attorneys at Nottage and Ward, LLP, can help you protect your assets, including your future earnings. Contact us at (312) 332-2915 for an initial consultation and case evaluation.

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