One of the key aspects of asset allocation in a divorce case pertains to retirement, deferred compensation, and investment accounts. These accounts can include pension funds, annuity, 401(k), 403(b), SEP, IRA, stocks, bonds, options, ESOPs, brokerage, mutual funds, and notes. Since Illinois implements an equitable allocation of the marital estate, that does not always mean it is an equal division of these accounts. Furthermore, there are oftentimes both non-marital and marital aspects to retirement and investment accounts that can affect their allocation, transferability, tax implications, and valuation no matter whether the account is held individually or jointly. The division of these accounts can be quite complex and require expertise and finesse in drafting the requisite documentation.
Some items that should be considered are that funds typically should not be transferred until the divorce is final, beneficiaries should also be updated and percentages rather than dollar amounts often apply due to the constantly changing values and natures of these accounts. Drafting certain orders or other plan administrator paperwork can also be required, depending on the account and the terms, such as Qualified Domestic Relations Orders for 401(k) and 403(b) accounts. Parties must also consult with their tax professionals to ensure that the transfers or withdrawals do not have a negative impact individually and certain language may need to be included in the marital settlement agreement or judgment for dissolution of marriage to ensure certain tax protections are in place. Because of all of these various components having an experienced family law attorney is crucial. Contact the trusted legal counsel at WARD FAMILY LAW, LLC, today to schedule a consultation.
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