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Pension benefits are apportioned by pro-rata shares as determined by the status of the person before vesting. Time is generally used as the measure of ownership for determining ownership. In a defined benefit plan, the participant earns the right to benefits after a specified time on the job. There are no contributions made on the participant's behalf, and no account is kept. The specified benefits must be paid if the participant earns the rights. 

Benefits are apportioned for a defined benefit plan pension: Time apportionment is usually used, but if the plan uses a different measure that measure should be used. Under a defined contribution pension plan, an account is kept for each participant and periodic contributions are made by the employee and the employer. Earnings on the investments are recorded once per year. Defined contribution plans apportioned: apportionments of defined contribution plans can be made by money. However, most courts use time apportionments. A hybrid pension plan defines the benefit by basing the amount of retirement received on an employee's earnings in his last years on the job. They are apportioned as follows: The courts generally use time apportionment to determine the separate and community shares. ...

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