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Divorce Cases Involving Government Retirement Plans, Military Benefits, And Union-Sponsored Plans

Webinar: ID# 1015090
Recorded CD
About This Course:
Retirement benefits often comprise the bulk of the marital estate. Dividing retirement accounts is one of the most important aspects of divorce cases. Private ERISA plans, Federal and state employee retirement plans (FERS, CSRS, TSP), military retirement benefits, railroad retirement benefits and union sponsored benefit planspresent unique issues in divorce.

Each of these types of retirement benefits commonly encountered in divorce are very different. For example, CSRS members receive a larger monthly pension, but no Social Security; in contrast employees entitled to FERS receives both a pension benefit and Social Security. It is important for family law attorneys to understand how to distinguish the differences and analyze benefit statements and Plan documents. Errors can result in loss of benefits (or overpayment) to the non-employee spouse.

Division of an FERS or CSRS annuity by a court order can have significant repercussions. One of the most serious repercussion can be the loss of survivor benefits to the non-participant spouse if the judgment of divorce is not drafted properly.

Considering the prevalence of pitfalls, the potential impact of errors, and the frequency that divorce actions involve these types of assets, practitioners must anticipate and avoid mistakes in drafting the settlement agreement or judgment of divorce, and the Orders effectuating the division of these types of assets.

Listen as our panel of experienced attorneys discusses best practices for drafting and structuring settlements and judgments of divorce and QDROs, and offers practical solutions to prevent the most prevalent errors.

Course Outline
  • Federal and state employee retirement plans unique aspects
  • Military Retirement plans unique aspects
  • Other unique benefit plans
  • Drafting considerations in the pension division section of settlement agreements, judgments of divorce and QDROs
  • Common pitfalls and mistakes to avoid

The panel will review these and other key issues:
  • What unique considerations should counsel be aware of involving federal and state employee retirement plans, military pension plans and union sponsored benefit plans?
  • What are the most common drafting errors in settlement agreements or judgments of divorce relating to federal and state employee benefit plans?
  • What retirement information should be requested and reviewed prior to drafting or reviewing a settlement or a QDRO?

Credits Available

This program has been approved for 2.0 CPE hours through Strafford Publications. CPE Credit is available only for the LIVE webcast. Recorded versions do not qualify for credit.

Strafford is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.


To obtain CPE credit, attendees must participate in the live event, return an Official Record of Attendance to Strafford affirming their participation (including the CPE code announced during the program), and pay a processing fee of $35 per person.

Credit Confirmation

Strafford will mail a certificate of credit within approximately 2 weeks of receiving an attendee's completed Official Record of Attendance—provided all required conditions have been satisfied.


Handout materials and the phone number for live presentations are made available to you 1 day prior to the event via email from the presenter. Copies of the presentations are included with recorded versions.

If you order a recorded version of the webinar, CD's will be mailed out approximately 10 days after the live event. Shipping is included in the price of recorded versions.
Divorce Cases Involving Government Retirement Plans, Military Benefits, And Union-Sponsored Plans
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