We were told to seek division of retirement assets was a separate matter that would require a second hearing. do you agree or are we getting scammed by the lawyer
This is a difficult question to answer without knowing the specific facts of your case. Generally, the division of assets, including retirement accounts, are addressed at the divorce trial. These issues may also be addressed in the marital dissolution agreement in uncontested divorces.
There are rare circumstances when courts will grant the divorce and then set the matter for trial to determine the division of assets. Also, it may be necessary to enter a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) as a separate order after the entry of the divorce decree to divide the retirement accounts. However, the information to be included in the QDRO will already have been determined in the final decree or marital dissolution agreement.
I cannot determine from your question whether any of the circumstances detailed above apply to your case. It is important you make certain all issues pertaining to the division of assets are resolved before or contemporaneously with the finalization of your case. Otherwise, you may be unable to address these issues at a later time.
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