Pensions, IRAs and 401(k)s

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Pensions, IRAs and 401(k)s

Protecting Your Retirement Savings During a Divorce

Most people save towards retirement for years, carefully putting away assets so that they can properly enjoy their “golden years.” When a divorce puts these assets in jeopardy, the experience can be stressful.

If you are wondering how to protect your financial interests during a divorce, talking with the lawyers at Stange Law Firm, PC, can help. We focus exclusively on family law and provide a superior level of customer service to our clients. The result? We have been recognized as one of the leading law firms in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma and have established a reputation for favorable results in even the most complex divorce proceedings.

In divorce proceedings, equitable distribution of retirement funds requires proper valuation and division of retirement benefits:

These assets are often from pre-tax savings and should be divided differently than assets typically purchased after tax, such as real estate. We address these taxation issues by paying close attention to detail, making sure that every aspect of property division has been properly managed.

A qualified domestic relations order (often called a QDRO) can help you protect your financial interests during a divorce. At the Stange Law Firm, our attorneys often talk with clients about the implications a QDRO may have on division of retirement accounts between spouses.

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We have written an article to help give you tips and more information on the topic: Tips for protecting your investments in the case of a divorce and Missouri Tax Issues in Divorce and Family Law Matters.

To learn more about our approach to high-asset property division, contact us online or by phone to schedule a confidential half-hour consultation at any of our convenient locations. We have offices throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma in the Midwest in cities such as St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield, Tulsa, Wichita and beyond.

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Helpful Information Regarding High Net Worth Divorce From our Webpage

To learn more about our work in the area of high net worth divorce, please follow the links below:
Can I afford to get a divorce with a large sum of assets
We frequently hear this question from people who believe that they have too much to lose to divorce. They stay in marriages in which they are unhappy — sometimes for years — when they believe they cannot afford to get a divorce.
Hidden assets
Divorces — especially those involving division of closely held small to mid-sized businesses — can sometimes involve hidden assets. When this happens, we have the resources and connections necessary to locate them for proper division.
Valuing professional practices and businesses
Valuing a professional practice can be extremely difficult because much of the value is in the individual's contribution, not in merchandise or interests that can be easily divided. If you have questions, we have answers.
Pensions, IRAs and 401(k)s
Missouri law significantly affects the division of retirement savings accounts. If many of your assets are in IRAs or 401(k)s, we can talk with you about your options.
Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
QDROs create or recognize the existence of an alternate payee's right to receive all or a portion of the benefits payable under a retirement plan. We can explain what this means for you.
Divorce Tax Issues
For some, they can have significant questions and concerns about how getting divorced might effect them from a tax perspective. We can help ensure that clients can get the tax advice they need from tax professionals.
Maintaining Lifestyle
Many individuals have spent their entire life working hard in order to maintain a lifestyle that they have sought out. We can help individuals going through divorce ensure that they are put in the best financial position possible after a divorce.
Business Owners
Many individuals have spent their whole life trying to create a successful business or they have assisted their spouse build up this interest. It can be stressful when that business interest becomes part of a divorce proceeding. However, we an help ensure that a business interests are fairly evaluated.
Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
Prior to entering into a marriage, or after the wedding date, many individuals are interested in putting together a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement to ensure that there are not lengthy and contentious divorce proceedings later if the marriage ends in divorce In these instances, we can help.
Farm Divorce
In certain cases, parties going through a divorce may own a family farm. This can result in the farm itself, equipment, livestock and other valuable assets being put in play in a divorce. We can help you if this is the case.
Stocks and Bonds
Many married couples also have significant sums in stocks and bonds. It's vital to work with an attorney to have an accounting of what is out there and to ensure it is properly addressed in family court.
Vocational Examination
The income producing potential of a husband and wife can be an important issue in a spousal support or child support case. A vocational examination can be useful in many of these cases where the current income of a party does not appropriately reflect what they could make.
Real Estate Portfolios
Real estate can be an important issue in divorce cases where the parties own rental property and other valuable real estate. We can work with parties in these types of cases to make sure these assets are property valuated and apportioned.
Delayed Compensation
In some situations, a party may be compensated through delayed compensation. This is an important area that should not be over-looked in a divorce.
Overseas Assets
Overseas assets can be significant issue in certain cases. It is vital that you have an attorney who understands how to address this issue
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