Pensions & Divorce

During divorce proceedings the Court will take your pension rights into account. It can consider pension plans that you and your former spouse are currently paying into, any you have frozen in the past and plans that are currently paying you an income.

You can choose to either:

  • Balance the pension rights against another asset, such as the matrimonial home (Pension Offsetting)
  • Arrange for a portion of one party’s pension to be paid to the other when it comes into payment (Pension Earmarking)
  • Split the pension at the time of the divorce to give both parties their own pension pot for the future (Pension Sharing)

To make the best decision, you’ll need to know roughly what your and your former spouse's pensions are worth and take professional advice. For more information on how to go about this, please contact us.

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