Family Law Attorneys Serving Contra Costa County

Whatley Law Firm is a divorce and family law firm in Martinez, California serving Contra Costa County. We are dedicated to providing a gentle transition for families who are undergoing legal and personal changes. We work to deliver real and relevant solutions for your family, so that you can remove the focus from your problems and begin to create a life that reflects the needs of the people for whom you care. We are the Family Law/Divorce Law firm that considers your best interests first.  


QDROs are the one of the few areas of family law that cross into federal regulation.  This is a very dense area of the law that, frankly, very few people have a deep understanding of. 

A QDRO is an order that is drafted for the purpose of splitting interest in a retirement account. Two of the more common accounts in California include CALPERS and CALSTRS.  Retirement accounts that are subject to these restrictions include accounts such as pensions, 401(k), 403(b), 457(b), annuities, and more.  To further complicate matters, each plan administrator may require different language in their orders, or have different policies that we must be aware of.   Because of its complicated nature, this is an area of the law that we typically will not advise someone to tackle on their own without the advice of an attorney.

We work closely with our clients to ensure that the QDRO process is as simple as possible.  Whatley Law Firm works closely with the actuarial experts that are hired to draft the order. 

Consult with us today to find out how we can help you with your retirement accounts.

DISCLAIMER:  The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use of and access to this website or any of the e-mail or "contact us" links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship between Whatley Law Firm or its attorneys and the user or browser. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.