Pensions and divorce

Pensions and divorce doesn’t need to be complicated. Here we provide some technical support to help you have easier conversations with your clients.

What are the options for dealing with pensions on divorce?

Once pension assets have been identified and valued, the solicitors representing in a divorce and the divorcing couple will have to agree what is to be done with them as part of the financial settlement.

For many their pension is one of the most valuable assets they have. The value of any pension assets must be taken into account in any divorce settlement or on the dissolution of any civil partnership.

Our frequently asked questions

Here you will find the answers to some of the questions we are asked most frequently. 

Guide to the Treatment of Pensions on Divorce - Nuffield Foundation

The Nuffield Foundation funded study Pensions on Divorce found that there was a widespread lack of confidence amongst practitioners on the issue of pensions on divorce, poor quality pension disclosure on the court files and a substantial proportion of potentially unfair outcomes.

The project aimed to establish the Pension Advisory Group - an interdisciplinary working group - whose purpose would be to provide an in-depth analysis of how pensions on divorce should be approached, particularly in relation to valuing pensions and offsetting them against other capital assets.

Pension and divorce webinar 

Here we investigate how pensions fit within the divorce process. Explain the role of financial advisers and PODE’s. Investigate the factors influencing the valuation of pension assets and the options available for those assets.