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When should a QDRO be drafted?

Immediately. The process of obtaining the appropriate information and drafting of the QDRO should take place early in the divorce process, and occur at the same time the parties negotiate the other terms of their settlement. Since it sometimes takes several weeks to obtain the necessary information, it is important to begin this process early so that the provisions regarding the retirement benefits can be included in the agreement of the parties. The ideal situation would be to have the court certify the QDRO at the same time the decree of divorce is entered. If the divorce has already occurred, it is important to begin and complete this process as soon as possible.