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In what state was the final divorce decree entered? Was it Arizona?
You are correct in that you really need to get a local attorney to prepare and submit the QDRO for entry by the court. As long as the QDRO was provided for in the final divorce decree, you still have time to present the QDRO to the judge for entry. The QDRO (Qualified Domestic Order) is a court order that carries out the division of retirement benefits. Once entered, the QDRO should be sent to the plan administrator to set aside or distribute a portion of the retirement benefits to the payee. In your search for an attorney, don't just look for a family law or divorce attorney. Make sure that they have experience in preparing and filing QDROs with the court. Here is a link to an attorney in the Phoenix area that handles QDROs. Also, here is a link to the Arizona State Bar Lawyer referral Service. They can help you find a QDRO attorney as well. I hope this helps.
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