I am not contesting the settlement pertaining to my pension plan. The people that are holding the assets say I have to present them with a QDRO before they will do anything, regarding dividing the assets. So, to try to minimize the cost of getting this done, can I just pay some Paralegal service to write the QDRO and go see a judge myself without having to increase the cost by paying for an attorney's time to travel to court , etc. . . ?
No. They would be practicing law without a license. These are very complicated documents. An attorney should handle it for u.
There are people who prepare qdros, but do so only when requested by attorneys, and the cost is not substantial. If it is your retirement benefit being apportioned, the other side generally has the qdro prepared. What you do is up to you.
As with anything life, you get what you pay for. It is best to spend a few extra bucks the first time then have to pay a "discounted rate" twice.
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