I have received a civil summons relating to a QDRO. I was expecting this, as we agreed to the amount to be dispersed from my retirement to her in the (already signed) signed separation agreement, but I’m not sure how to respond. I am instructed to both answer the complaint to her, as well as file a written answer with the Clerk of Superior court. My questions:
How do I “answer”? I assumed the form would have a column for me to sign/agree, or something similar. I do see a “Date of Endorsement” section, with signature box, but that section seems to be for the clerk (checkboxes are “Deputy CSC, Assistant CSC, Clerk of Superior court”). Do I just respond with a handwritten, signed, piece of paper submitting to the pleading? Does it need to be notarized?
I was under the mistaken impression that the disbursement would happen before the divorce was finalized. The separation agreement was signed about a month ago. When I contacted my pension provider to see if I needed to take action with them, they informed me that the disbursement would not be executed until the divorce was final (next summer). Am I filing a DRO, which will only become a qualified QDRO once divorce papers are signed? Just trying to understand where I am in the process.