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How divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership can affect my pension

If you have going through, or are considering, a divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership the Local Government Pension Scheme opens in new window (LGPS) website contains details of how this can affect your benefits, and the options that are available to you and your partner.

I need to provide information about my benefits for a divorce/dissolution of civil partnership, can you help?

Yes, we can. Please use the Contact Us details at the bottom of this page and let us know what information you need.

Will I be charged for this information?

If a Court Order to share pension rights is received, a one-off payment of £350 + VAT must be paid by the ex-spouse of the scheme member before it is implemented. The fee is made up as follows:

  £150 + VAT for revaluing the pension rights at the valuation date and for establishing the pension credit/debit;

  £50 + VAT for servicing the ex-spouse's entitlement during the period of deferment;

  £150 + VAT for processing future payments


How can this fee be paid?

  By a one-off payment of £350 + VAT made by bank transfer, or

  By a reduction in the pension credit awarded to the ex-spouse corresponding to a reduction of £350 + VAT in the cash equivalent value of the pension rights awarded to the ex-spouse by the Courts.

  £150 + VAT for processing future payments


I am a Pension Credit Member, where can I find more information?

If want to know more about this type of benefit, please view our to link to the 'Pension Sharing Booklet', use the URL for the Booklets page. This contains information about when benefits come into payment and other options you need to be aware of. Alternatively, please visit the LGPS opens in new window website