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Assignment


Term Definition Assignment - the transfer of a right or interest to another party.
Application in Divorce Very often in a divorce settlement, one spouse assigns an asset to the other spouse in exchange for another asset. This is known as offsetting assets.

Assignment could also be used in connection with an alternate payee of the pension plan if it is being divided upon divorce. A Domestic Relations Order is the legal document that instructs the plan administrator of a pension plan to assign a portion of the payments to the alternate payee upon retirement of the pension plan holder.

Property transferred from one spouse to another in a divorce is not taxable.

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