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Theoretically, the answer is yes. It is possible that the ex will be entitled to some of the retirement funds. It depends primarily, however, on (1) whether she has any retirement herself and whether she and your friend can agree to keep their own accounts, and (2) how long they were married.
The first is self explanatory. The second deserves a little more explanation. As a general rule, marital property must be split in a divorce
. Marital property is defined as any property obtained during the marriage
, except for gifts and inheritances. Accordingly, any money put into the retirement account while married would be considered marital property subject to being split. But if they were only married for a few months, then clearly she would not be entitled much if anything. On the other hand, if they were married for 40 years, then she may be entitled to half of everything. So, it just depends on how much was put away while they were actually married. Whatever percentage that is, she's likely be entitled to part of it.
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