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The History of the Women's Pension Project

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Since its inception in 1981, the Women’s Pension Project has successfully worked to protect women’s retirement security. Provisions in five federal laws benefiting millions of homemakers and working women are the direct result of Project activities.

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3 Ways to Conquer Pension Envy

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The haves and have-nots in retirement could be defined by who has access to a traditional pension. Those with an employer-sponsored traditional pension will get guaranteed payments for life, while everyone else must depend on their own saving and investing savvy.

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Wealthy women fear they'll outlive retirement money

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Wealthy women expect to be more active than their male counterparts in their retirement years, but they’re also more worried about outliving their retirement funds, according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch study released Monday.

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Pension Rights After Divorce

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A pension earned during marriage is generally considered to be a joint asset of both husband and wife.

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Benefit detectives offer pensioners a lifeline

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When her husband died in January, at age 63, Roseline Desjardins was left wondering how she would pay for the upkeep on her home.

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"Wake Up, Washington!" on Women and Retirement

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As we approach the end of the second week of Retirement USA's "Wake Up, Washington!" Month" we have learned a great deal about the challenges women face in retirement. Women face special challenges because they make less than men and spend less time in the workforce.  Yet they typically live longer than men, requiring more retirement income.  As Retirement USA's Facts of the Day have shown, women have far less retirement security than men.  More...

Retirement and Divorce: Additional Resources

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We hope you've found our series of blog entries on divorce and retirement assets to be informative. In today's final blog entry we have listed several additional resources that provide additional information on divorce and retirement assets.

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Don’t take a pension for granted

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Often divorcing couples will opt to divide their marital property by giving one spouse the home and the other spouse the pension.  This easy way of dividing marital property may leave one spouse at a disadvantage that isn't recognized until retirement. 

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Don't delay: Submit court orders to the plan right away!

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In order to receive retirement benefits that have been awarded in a divorce, it is important to obtain a court order, which tells retirement plans how to divide and pay benefits to the divorced couple. For private retirement plans, these court orders are called Qualified Domestic Relations Orders or QDROs. Other retirement systems call them Domestic Relations Orders or DROs. 

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A pension earned during a marriage is usually the property of both spouses

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Did you know that, in general, retirement assets earned during a marriage are marital property in the same way that a house and a savings account are? 

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