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It is always a good idea for a draft QDRO to be submitted to the Plan Administrator to find out in writing whether they require any changes. There are times that a QDRO will be interpreted by a plan as “not qualified” even though it would have been accepted as “qualified” in the past. Plan administrators will reject a QDRO as “not qualified” based on their interpretation of the law. We see this most often when a plan switches custodians and/or legal counsel. A QDRO previously acceptable under one interpretation of federal law may be found unacceptable under a different interpretation of federal law. In that situation, the QDRO will be rejected with a request for slightly different paragraphs even though the substantive award does not change.