Written By: Lenorae C. Atter, Attorney
Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A.
Florida divorces and the pensions of the parties are controlled by Florida Statute 61.076, which gives equitable distribution for any vested or nonvested monies, benefits and rights received during the marriage. For example, if the wife has worked for a company for 20 years and has a pension for those 20 years of work, then husband is entitled to receive one-half of the portion of the pension created during the marriage. If they were married for 10 years, then he receives one-half of the 10 years worth of pension. Often, this is a calculation that has to be completed. Even though the final judgment or order of the divorce will state what the division is and how it is to be divided, the receiving party must also have a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) entered by the court for the bank or 3rd party to divide the pension properly.
If you questions regarding your pension or the pension that you have been awarded in your divorce, then you should speak with a family law attorney about having the QDRO completed or you cannot get your funds.