With the national divorce rate more than 40 percent, a large percentage of retirees and pre-retirees will have to contend with dividing their assets between their most recent spouse and children from a previous marriage. This common dilemma can often be rectified via a type of trust called a “QTIP” trust, or Qualified Terminal Interest Property trust. The acronym describes the function of the trust, which is to allow for a “terminal interest”, meaning an interest (for the most recent spouse) that terminates upon death. This type of trust, therefore, allows the trust owner’s (who in this case will also be the deceased) most recent spouse to control the assets of the trust for the duration of the spouse’s life. Then upon the death of that spouse, his or her interest in the trust will cease and the trust will determine how the assets are distributed.