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QDRO / Divorce: Qualified Domestic Relations Order

QDRO / Divorce

Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)

In a divorce, a court may award a portion of a TRS participant's benefits to a former spouse. However, before TRS can make payment directly to a former spouse of the amount awarded, TRS must receive a certified copy of a domestic relations order that TRS determines is a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO). A QDRO is an order entered by the court that directs TRS to make direct payment of a portion of the participant's TRS benefits to his or her former spouse. A QDRO must meet all requirements in the law to be accepted as a qualified order. If the order is qualified, TRS will administer the order as directed by the court when a benefit becomes payable under the plan.

If you are a participant who is in the process of a divorce, or if you are a participant who is already divorced and the court divided your TRS benefit, before TRS can issue payment directly to your former spouse of the amount awarded in the divorce decree, you will need to obtain a QDRO. Furthermore, if you are a former spouse of a participant and you have been awarded a portion of your former spouse's TRS benefit, you must obtain a QDRO before TRS can issue payment directly to you.

Above, you will find a menu of items. Click on the links that interest you to learn more about QDROs.

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