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April 2017 Archives

Ex-wife of deceased NFL player can pursue pension benefits

The ex-wife of a deceased NFL player can pursue his pension benefits, according to the ruling of a federal judge in Massachusetts on April 18. A motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the ex-wife of a former New England Patriots player by the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Players Retirement Plan was denied by Judge Douglas P. Woodlock.

Signs that divorce is imminent in New York

Divorce is never a word married couples want to utter, but there comes a time where it is necessary. Gone are the days where divorce was a stigma, which is why so many couples are seeing their marriages end in divorce nowadays. Here are some common signs that show divorce is imminent in New York.

What to address in a qualified domestic relations order

A qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) is common in divorce cases, especially when dealing with division of pensions. There are quite a bit of items that must be addressed in a QDRO in order to protect all parties involved. The items that must be addressed are universal and were outlined by Congress when dealing with a payee and his or her rights.

Understanding the Majauskas formula for pension division

In 1984, the State Court of Appeals heard the case Majauskas v. Majauskas, a divorce case which concerned pension plan distribution. The plaintiff argued that his pension rights were not marital property because he began work for the Rochester Police Department before the marriage. He was vested in the pension plan when the marriage ended, but was not yet entitled to benefits. His ex-spouse believed she was entitled to a portion of the pension which was accrued during the marriage. The Appeals Court agreed with her. Out of the ruling came what is now called the Majauskas formula.

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