Retirement Claim by Divorced Wife Since 1990


Dear Judy Kemmer:

Greetings. First, I don’t know what a “quality dispute relationship” is. I think that you are referring to a QDRO or “Qualified Domestic Relations Order.”

I cannot answer whether or not she has any rights to your retirement without seeing the separation agreement the two of you executed or the order dividing your marital property. If she has rights to your retirement, they they would have been determined in the settlement documents. Best of luck.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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I have just recently retired from a very large company. My wife and I have been divorced since 1990. We were married from 1973 to 1990 when we divorced. My wife left me in 1987, but it was finalized in 1990.

My wife just recently filed a Domestic Relationship Order, or based on quality dispute relationship.

I need to know if she has any rights to my retirement, what I can do to fight this, etc. I am a man of a very simple means.