Plan Administrator's Guide

Importance of Written QDRO Procedures | Receipt of an Executed QDRO
Timing Requirements for Determining Qualified Status of an Order
Segregation of Plan Benefits While QDRO Process Is Pending | When an Order Does Not Qualify as a QDRO
Once a QDRO is Qualified | What if the Participant Dies Before the Order is Qualified?
What Happens if the Alternate Payee Dies?

Once a QDRO is Qualified

Once the plan administrator approves a QDRO, the plan administrator should distribute a comprehensive QDRO Interpretation Letter (i.e., Approval Letter) that explains all of the rights and entitlements of the alternate payee. This serves three purposes: