Study into pension sharing on divorce
Key points drawn from the study included:
- All pension orders were for pension sharing and predominantly in favour of the wife.
- Pension orders were more likely to be made between older parties from longer marriages.
- Pension orders were more likely to be made where each party was legally represented.
- The lack of pension and spousal maintenance orders coupled with the fact that husbands generally had higher income and pensions than wives, meant that husbands usually fared better after divorce on income and pension.
- Pension reports were rarely obtained, usually because of the time, cost and fees associated with obtaining them which acts as a deterrent. However, when reports have been obtained, they were viewed as positive by both practitioners and judges.
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