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“I tell my clients right away: ‘We are a team.’ I have legal knowledge and experience, but I haven’t lived your life. Only you can tell me about your situation and your goals. Then I can help you understand your options, and together we can work to get you the best outcome possible as I walk you through the legal process.”

Attorney Patricia Best Vital


How Divorce Changes Your Retirement Planning

Pensions, 401(k) benefits and other retirement funds can create some of the most complicated and contentious aspects of a divorce. To protect your interests, make sure you work with a lawyer who understands the complex nuances involved with dividing retirement benefits in divorce.

Attorney Patricia Best Vital, founding attorney and sole practitioner of Vital Law Office & Dispute Resolution Services in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has the experience and knowledge to handle these complicated legal matters. With more than 20 years of experience in asset division and other divorce-related matters, Ms. Vital offers unique insight and understanding to help protect your financial interests.

Complicating Factors When Dividing Your Retirement Plans

Most people simply don’t know what goes into the division of assets agreements or orders when it comes to dividing 401(k)s and other retirement benefit assets. Some of the complications include:

  • Determining the percentage of interest each party should receive

  • Deciding what portion of the benefits should be considered marital property

  • Establishing at what point the interest and pensions should stop being considered marital property

Another complication involves qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs). A QDRO is a legal instrument that establishes a spouse’s right to receive a portion of the other spouse’s retirement benefits. It is included in a mediated settlement agreement or court order. These determinations involve knowledge, experience and complex calculations.

Contact the Vital Law Office For Help


Schedule a consultation with an experienced family law lawyer in Chattanooga, TN. 

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