Am I entitled to any of my ex-spouse's retirement plan benefits?

By Denise Appleby AAA
A:



Generally, former spouses are not entitled to benefits under a qualified plan, unless provisions were made for them to receive benefits under a qualified domestic relations order. To be sure, you'll want to check with the plan administrator to determine whether you are entitled to receive benefits under the plan. If you used an attorney for your divorce, he or she may also be able to let you know whether you are entitled to any benefits.



For more insight, see Getting A Divorce? Understand The Rules Of Dividing Plan Assets.



This question was answered by Denise Appleby.



RELATED FAQS

  1. What are the 403(b) contribution limits?

    Determine whether 403(b) contributions meet federal guidelines. Contribution limits to this retirement plan are determined ...
  2. What is the difference between a 408 (k) plan and a 401 (k) plan?

    Learn key differences between 401(k) and 408(k) plans. Employers provide different options to help employees save for retirement, ...
  3. What are the main differences between a Roth 401(k) and a 401(k)?

    Learn more about financial planning, investment options and decision making between traditional 401(k) and Roth 401(k) accounts, ...
  4. What are the Roth 401(k) withdrawal rules?

    Understand the requirements for tax-free withdrawal from a Roth 401(k) account, how early withdrawals are taxed and options ...
RELATED TERMS
  1. Death Master File (DMF)

    Also known as Social Security Death Index. A list of people whose ...
  2. MyRA

    A new tax-advantaged retirement account that President Barack ...
  3. Target-Date Fund

    A mutual fund in the hybrid category that automatically resets ...
  4. Provident Fund

    A compulsory, government-managed retirement savings scheme used ...
  5. Rollover IRA

    A special type of traditional individual retirement account into ...
  6. Retirement Money Market Account

    A money market account that an individual holds within a retirement ...
comments powered by Disqus
Related Articles
  1. 10 Common Retirement Planning Mistakes ...
    Retirement

    10 Common Retirement Planning Mistakes ...

  2. Power Of Attorney: Do You Need One?
    Retirement

    Power Of Attorney: Do You Need One?

  3. 6 Retirement Planning Tips For Late ...
    Retirement

    6 Retirement Planning Tips For Late ...

  4. Set It And Forget It Doesn’t Work For ...
    Investing Basics

    Set It And Forget It Doesn’t Work For ...

  5. I Was Intimidated By Investing, But ...
    Investing Basics

    I Was Intimidated By Investing, But ...

Trading Center