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The following articles have been published by and/or submitted to a variety of family law publications throughout the country. They are examples of our commitment to remain a research oriented firm. Your business is important to us, and we know that to keep that business, we must continue to focus on our clients’ needs and provide services to meet those needs. Other articles on a variety of family law and retirement plan related issues will be added to this site on a regular basis. Please make a note to check back periodically to review current articles.

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"QDRO's - A New & Powerful Tool for Child Support Enforcement" discusses issues relating to tapping retirement plans of non-custodial parents for the use of paying off child support arrearages as well as current child support arrearages. Voit Econometrics has been instrumental in developing this concept and has been eloquently written with both the public as well as the attorney in mind.

Professional Athletes & Divorce, A Lesson in Discovery”, published in the Florida Bar Family Law Section Commentator, Vol. XX, No. 2, Pg. 8, Summer 2004, printed simultaneously in the CPA-Law Forum Newsletter.

“Securing health Insurance Benefits for Children of Divorcing Parents”, A Discussion on National Medical Support Notices & QMSCOs”, published in the May 2004 issue of the Illinois Family Law Report, also published in the Florida Bar Family Law Section Commentator, Vol. XX, No. 2, Summer 2004, pg. 24. Printed simultaneously in the CPA-Law Forum Newsletter.

“Valuing Stock Options in Divorce ”. September 2002, Illinois Family Law Report, Vol. XXV, No. 9, discusses issues related to the valuation of stock options in divorce of privately held firms. Printed simultaneously in the CPA-Law Forum Newsletter.

Valuing Businesses in Divorce: Emphasis on Passive and Active Appreciation”, co-authored with Dr. Ashok Abbott, published in Vol. 5, Issue 3 CCH Business Valuation Alert, April 2004, reprinted in the Journal of Tax Practice Management, March-April 2004. Printed simultaneously in the CPA-Law Forum Newsletter, and the Florida Bar Family Law Commentator, Vol. XXI, No. 1, Fall 2004.

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"457 & 401(k) Plans in Divorce" has to do with Internal Revenue Code Section 457 plans (governmental employees) but similar to a 401(k) in the private sector. “Valuing & Dividing 457 Plans for Divorce”, August 18, 2000, Vol. 3, Issue 8, Family Law Section Newsletter, discussed issues related to IRC 457 plans and divorce, and how these plans differ from traditional 401(k)’s.

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"Valuing & Dividing Military Retirement Benefits for Divorce" was published in: Family Forum, Vol. 20, No. 5. June 2000. Published by North Carolina Bar Association and Family Law Commentator, Vol. 26, No. 1. September 1999. Published by The Florida Bar.

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"Confronted With a Plan that Cannot be Divided by a QDRO? Here's a Possible Solution..." Family Law Commentator, Vol. 26, No. 3. April 2000. Published by The Florida Bar.

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"Federal Pensions in Divorce - Value for Offset or Divide?" published in the Illinois Family Law Journal & The Florida Bar, Family Law Commentator

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"Fundamentals of Qualified Domestic Relations Order — Applying the New IRS Model Language", Family Forum, Vol. 17, No. 3. April 1997. Published by North Carolina Bar Association. Illinois Family Law Report, Vol. 20, No. 7. July 1997. Wisconsin Opinions, Vol. 11, No. 52. December 1997.

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"Government Pensions & Social Security — A Valuation Approach for Property Offset", Family Law Commentator, Vol. 23, No. 1. November 1997. Published by The Florida Bar.

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"Valuing Pensions for Divorce", Wisconsin Opinions, Vol. 12, No. 9. March 1998.

Quoted in December 31, 2001/January 7, 2002 issue of BusinessWeek, by Toddi Gutner, article titled “Not Getting Any Help From Your Ex?”, based on article written by Tim Voit published in the Wisconsin Law Journal & Illinois Family Law Report, Vol. XXV, Number 1, January 2002, titled “A New & Powerful Tool for Child Support Enforcement – QDRO’s & Pensions. Interviewed by BusinessWeek discussing issues such as the use of QDRO’s for obtaining Child Support Arrearages as well as current child support obligations.

“Federal Pensions in Divorce ”. December 2001, The Florida Bar Family Law Commentator 2-part article, discusses issues related to the valuation and division of Federal Pensions in divorce. Printed simultaneously in the CPA-Law Forum Newsletter.

Quoted in July 16, 2001 issue of BusinessWeek, by Anne Turgesen, article titled “Cutting the Knot – But Not the Benefits”. Interviewed by BusinessWeek discussing issues such as QDRO’s, checklist, and pensions in divorce.

Quoted in Summer 2000 issue of Stages, Fidelity Investments’ Magazine for Retirement Plan Investors, by Jacqueline Fearer, article titled “Divorce Dilemma: Who Gets The 401(k)? Interviewed by Fidelity discussing QDRO & QDRO distribution issues.

Fundamentals of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, South Carolina Lawyer May/June 2001 issue, vol. 12, No. 6, p.24, Printed simultaneously in the CPA-Law Forum Newsletter.

Quoted in December 15, 2000 issue of Newsweek, by Nancy Stern, article titled “The Spoils of Marriage”. Interviewed by Newsweek discussing issues such as pensions and stock options in divorce.

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"Valuing Wisconsin Retirement System Benefits for Divorce", Wisconsin Journal of Family Law, Vol. 18, No. 2, April 1998.

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"A Pension Valuation in Payout Status", Illinois Family Law Report, Vol. 19, No. 7. July 1996.

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"Dividing Benefits with the Civil Service Retirement System"

Suggestions When Preparing a Settlement Agreement, Divorce & Pensions, Expert Advice Column, Family Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 1, Issue 5, May 15, 1998, Emphasis on benefit or distribution options of various plans along with issues that should be addressed in the settlement or equitable distribution agreement.

Additional Information

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"Divorce, QDRO’s & Suggested Marital Settlement Agreement Language"

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"QDRO's for IBM"

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