Can you amend a QDRO?
The only way to have it changed is to have the courts issue an amendment to the original QDRO, although it would still be up to the administrator of the retirement plan to review the new plans and approve them. Otherwise, you will need to renegotiate with your ex-spouse in order to get the QDRO amended.
Do you need a lawyer to file a QDRO?
If you are dividing a 401(k) or pension as part of equitable distribution in your divorce, then, yes, you will likely need a QDRO. Attorneys do not typically prepare QDROs, as they are prepared by actuaries and companies specializing in QDROs.
Who files QDRO?
Getting a QDRO If you’re awarded part of your former spouse’s retirement account (either through a property settlement or via a judge), the court will issue a QDRO that may have been drafted by your divorce attorney. The QDRO is then submitted directly to your former spouse’s retirement or pension plan administrator.
How do I file a QDRO without a lawyer?
If you don’t have a lawyer, you can also use the model template given to you by the plan administrator to create a QDRO that you can submit to the court for approval and signature.