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Retirement Accounts

Dividing Retirement Accounts in Divorce

Under Texas law, the division of 401(k)s and other types of retirement accounts can be extremely difficult. This difficulty is compounded by the fact that federal law, in the form of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), also governs retirement accounts.

The conversation surrounding the division of these accounts often becomes heated, as retirement accounts are typically the largest or second largest asset — after the family home — a couple owns.

Experienced Family Law Attorneys Protecting Your Interests

At the Vaught Law Firm, we strive to help clients in Austin and throughout Central Texas resolve these and other high-asset divorce matters in an equitable and rational manner. We draw on our proven divorce strategies and in-depth knowledge of family law to guide you through your divorce in a compassionate, efficient and effective manner. Firm founder Jimmy Vaught — an attorney with over 40 years of legal experience, that is Board-Certified in Family Law and Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization — and associates Erin Leake and Jillian French utilize detail-oriented analytical techniques to provide our clients with the straightforward solutions they need.

We are able to assist with all types of retirement account division, including those plans offered by technology firms in Austin and oil and gas companies throughout Texas.

Texas Retirement Account Issues

We keep our clients well informed throughout all stages of their cases, and help them understand retirement account issues such as:

  • Qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs): QDROs are the tool the court uses to split retirement accounts and then deposit the new funds in the ex-spouses’ separate accounts.

  • Discretionary division of property: Texas is a community property state, but that does not mean retirement accounts will automatically be divided in a 50/50 split. The court has discretion to look at each case and divide assets as it sees fit. Because of this, it is vital to have one of our experienced Austin retirement division lawyers advocating on your behalf.

OUR ATTORNEYS

Meet the Team

ATTORNEY JIMMY VAUGHT

Board-certified in family law and civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Specialization

ATTORNEY ERIN LEAKE

Family law attorney with broad experience in a variety of divorce and family law matters.

ATTORNEY JILLIAN FRENCH

Family law lawyer with experience in family law and military divorce.

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If you would like to know more about how our firm can help with your case, we invite you to give us a call at 512-605-0999 or fill out the form below. We seek a favorable outcome on your behalf and provide superior service you require.