qualified domestic relations order
qualified domestic relations order see order 3b

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

Qualified Domestic Relations Order
A court order based on the division of a party's pension or retirement benefits as part of a divorce. The QDRO orders the administrator of the pension plan to distribute a specified share of benefits to the nonemployee spouse at the time that the employee spouse begins receiving benefits. This special order is necessary to comply with federal law governing retirement pay.
Category: Divorce & Family Law → Divorce, Child Support & Custody

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


qualified domestic relations order
n. Any decree, judgment, or order that recognizes the right of one person (the alternate payee) to participate either totally or partially in the pension of another (the participant). The alternate payee must be a dependent child, spouse, or former spouse of the participant. This is an exception to the ERISA rule, proscribing the assignment of plan benefits. Abbreviated QDRO.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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