Surprise! A QDRO Can Apply to a Welfare Benefit Plan
What issues could the plan administrator face?
Qualified domestic relations orders or a familiar situation for most plan administrators. The QDRO is used to split retirement plan benefits between a plan participant and an alternate payee. However, an experienced plan administrator may know that a QDRO can also apply to a welfare benefit plan. This white paper reviews the issues faced by a plan administrator if a welfare benefit plan is part of the QDRO.
Cynthia A. Moore is a member in the Bloomfield Hills Office of Dickinson Wright PLLC and belongs to its Corporate and Securities Law Group. She focuses her practice on matters concerning employee benefit plans, such as welfare benefit plan design and compliance, qualified retirement plans (including 401(k) plans), executive compensation and stock-based compensatory plans. Ms. Moore is also recognized as a national expert on fringe benefit plans. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Alma College, her Master’s degree from Western Michigan University and her J.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin Law School. Ms. Moore is the co-author of the Bureau of National Affairs’ Tax Management Portfolio 394-3d “Employee Fringe Benefits.” She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan (Business Law and Taxation Sections) and the American Bar Association. Ms. Moore can be reached at [email protected].
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