During divorce proceedings he had an attorney. I could not afford one. After court proceedings I was ordered to pay child and spousal support even though both kids were living with me. I then saved and hired an attorney to put a stop to that order. There was some kind of miscommunication between me and my lawyer that day and at the end of that hearing, somehow my retirement money from my previous employer came to light and the new court order was that my ex-husband now owned all of my retirement money. It has been 6 years since then. My question is, can I get a court order to regain ownership of my retirement money?
Custody and support orders are always modifiable based on a change in circumstances. Property orders, like division or awarding or retirement benefits, are not. If the original order was not appealed, there is nothing more you can do about the retirement benefits awarded to your ex.
The retirement was awarded to your spouse because you concealed it. So, no. You can't change it, now.
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I think that you misunderstand the situation. If any of the retirement was earned during the marriage, then that portion would be called community property and your spouse would be entitled to her half of the community property value, not all of it. You need legal help for a qualified attorney.
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