My ex-wife and I are very frustrated. We made it through our Pro Se divorce without a single hitch, thanks in part to your excellent guidance and reference material. All we need to do now is have the court file the completed QDRO document, but the judge in Alamance County refused to file it without a lawyer, which is ridiculous. The document was prepared using boiler-plate verbiage provided by the QDRO consultant firm that has been contracted by Hewlett-Packard, my employer. We only had to add one paragraph to specify the terms of the payout. The QDRO firm then reviewed the completed document and determined (and advised us in writing) that it WILL qualify as a valid QDRO and it simply needed to be filed with the court.
WHY do I need to spend several hundred dollars to have an attorney place a cover sheet on the document and walk into court for 5 minutes to request that it be filed? It makes no sense. I should not be required to hire an attorney to get a document filed.