Can I get my benefits from a defined benefit plan right away?

Under a defined benefit plan, the benefit awarded to the alternate payee may begin, at his/her election, when the participant reaches his/her "earliest retirement age" under the Plan. This is the earliest point in time benefits may begin being paid to the alternate payee. In some cases, the QDRO could be drafted to only allow commencement of benefits to the alternate payee to begin when the participant actually retires.