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Same Sex Marriage in New York after Obergefell v. Hodges: What Now?

There has been a tremendous sea change across the United States as it relates to same sex marriage, the majority of which has taken place almost entirely within the last decade. In the past three years alone, nearly two dozen states offered their residents some form of same sex union for the first time. On July 24, 2011, New York joined the ranks and passed the Marriage Equality Act, legalizing same sex marriage. It was the seventh state to do so.

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The ABCs of QDROs

When a couple is going through a divorce, one important consideration is the division of assets, which frequently includes retirement assets such as 401(k)s, pensions, and other plans.  To effectuate the division of these plans, typically a specific document called a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) is required.  The individual requirements of a QDRO are often complicated and very plan-specific.  It is typically advised that QDROs be drafted by a knowledgeable attorney who has training and experience in this area.

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