Hi all, I'm new here and have a procedural question I'm hoping someone can help me with
I just recently received my certified divorce decree from the court (woo hoo!) in New York. But I'm unsure of how the QDRO ties in. My lawyer is downright horrible and can't be relied on for anything so he's been no help with this issue. I spoke to his office today and asked now since my divorce has been certified and recorded how long will it be until I receive my benefits from the QDRO. I was told that now that everything is finalized the QDRO paperwork (that was prepared 6 months ago) will now be submitted to the court along with my certified divorce paperwork for judges signature and then her 401k provider will be served with the paperwork. I commented that shouldn't that paperwork already have been submitted to the court so the judge can sign off on the divorce and then the QDRO at the same time so I don't have to wait an additional 3-6 months when both sets of papers are going to the same clerk/judge. The only response was, that wasn't done.
My question is, is this the way the process works or is the QDRO paperwork usually submitted at the same time as the divorce papers so they are both approved at the same time? I'd like to know before I raise holy hell and ask to speak to the firm's partners to complain. Can someone shed any light on this?
Divorce360.com is not a substitute for advice from a lawyer, accountant, financial
planner, therapist or other professional to obtain advice. Divorce360.com is not
intended to, and should not, take the place of professional advice. The opinions
expressed in the divorce360.com message boards are those of the author and the author
alone. Divorce360.com does not endorse any specific product or service.