Pension Valuations in Divorce: A Helpful Guide

The first thing that must be established is whether the pension is a defined benefit or a defined contribution plan. Once this is determined, then a valuation date must be established. The value of a defined contribution plan is simply the balance of the account as of a given date. However, the characterization of the account (community vs. separate property) requires a detailed tracing of the account from marriage through separation.

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