People in Maryland may have seen a recent financial editorial article in Forbes, which discussed some of the issues that women, especially women nearing retirement age, may run into, if they get a divorce. Most people realize that they are entitled to an equitable share of all property obtained during the marriage under Maryland divorce laws, but some people may overlook some of the most lucrative marital assets, which may be hidden in plain: 401(k)s, pensions, Social Security benefits and other retirement accounts.
According to a recent survey, it seems that a lot of spouses may have made the same costly mistake by failing to consider their spouse's retirement accounts in their divorce asset division settlement. The survey showed that 31% of all divorced spouses did not attempt to claim a share of these retirement assets, and did not know that they were even able to do so. So long as the retirement assets are accrued during the course of the marriage, odds are that each spouse is entitled to their fair share of them.