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Division of Pensions on Divorce

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  • Division of Pensions on Divorce

    I am acting as Litigant in person during my ongoing divorce, my Ex's solicitor is suggesting that on my Form E I need to disclose all of my pension information even from before I was married which it seems the google searches would suggest is not the case.
    To give the full situation, this is my 2nd marriage that broke down a year ago after 17 years, my first marriage was 10 years. Before this marriage I had a number of pensions including a Military pension which I accrued during my 1st marriage. during my 2nd marriage for 3 years I was enrolled in the LGPS whilst working for a local council as part of this the LGPS allowed me to fetch old pensions into the same scheme so several pensions I accrued before this 2nd marriage were commuted into the LGPS this did not include the military pension but did include 3 other pensions including 7 years pension whilst working for British Rail so the largest part of the LGPS is made up of this 7 years plus a further 8 years of other pensions.
    So 2 questions? - Is her solicitor correct saying she can make a claim on my pensions earned before we were married? Secondly if not how would I go about coming to a settlement figure on the LGPS given only 3 years of this was built up during our marriage?
    My first wife never worked so never built up a pension so I would assume she would have a claim on the pensions I accrued with her whereas my 2nd wife worked throughout our marriage and would have built up a good pension having worked for a major bank and for the NHS.
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    I sorted my pension settlement with my ex a couple of years ago and you definitely do not have to take the years you weren't married into account. Have you applied for the amount it is worth. I forget the actual name of what it is. Once that comes you will need to start getting evidence and negotiate the actual figure with your exes solicitor. Stay firm as they will try to get as much out of you as possible. It is a horrible process but worth all the negotiating to get what's yours in the end.


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