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Thursday 13 December 2018

Need to know: Greater pension benefits often accrue in the male’s name. However, there are structures in place to assist spouses with lesser contributions.

We filed for divorce but what about my share of the pension? 

Q: After several years of trial separation, my husband and I, both in our early 50s, have decided to file for divorce. We got legal advice on matters to do with the house and assets, but it recently struck me that our pension pot is something which I have not yet considered. We have both contributed into our pension fund over the years, which we have had for around 17 to 18 years, although there were times when I was out of work or only working part-time when the children were young. I'm worried about my rights to my fair share, and whether there is any protection in...