Greetings. I am sorry to hear about your situation. Yes, both spouses are entitled to half of all the marital assets, including each other’s retirement plans, stock options, and stock holdings. Remember that it is a split of equity though, not just assets. All transfers pursuant to separation and divorce are supposed to be tax free - so for retirement assets you must use a form called a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)which I would highly recommend you have an attorney handle for you. Also, you will want to ensure that you do not lose any of your future benefits, so the language in your separation agreement needs to be correct concerning the transfers.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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