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Just like your home and other belongings, your pension is an asset that is shared when you get divorced or dissolve your civil partnership. Pensions can often add up to huge sums of money, and ensuring that this is protected is a vitally important part of the divorce process.

Pension sharing in divorce is a highly complex area; Major Family Law are the North East’s leading boutique family law firm and our specialist solicitors can provide you with low cost expert advice on all things to do with your divorce.

Our expert family law team frequently and regularly answer questions relating to:

  • Armed forces pensions
  • Teachers pensions
  • NHS pensions
  • Police pensions

As well as a multitude of other public service and private organisation pension types. For more information and advice around protecting your pension and your retirement, or any other divorce relating questions, please get in touch by calling 01661 824582 or by clicking on the button below. We offer a FREE 45-minute initial consultation with a leading North East Family Lawyer.

There are three arrangements that can be made to protect your pension should you decide to divorce.

  • ‘Splitting’ the pension – this is also known as sharing the pension. This is the most common option where the pension(s) of both spousals are divided into an agreed proportion, or into the proportion set by the court.
  • ‘Attachment’ of the pension – Also known as ‘earmarking the pension’; this is a court ordered action where a percentage of your pension is given to your ex-spouse when the pension is receivable – either as a lump sum or a monthly payment. This is now less common due to Clean Break Orders. Re-marriage or death will end the attachment.
  • Offsetting – Offsetting is used in the total division of assets. For example, one party may get to keep the marital home whilst the other keeps their entire pension. In these cases, the pension is used to offset the value of assets received in the divorce.

When considering pensions and divorce, the value considered will be the lifetime value of the pension itself. As a pension pot grows due to investment, the perceived lifetime value of the pension will be considered in the pension sharing process. This is taken into consideration for fairness and ensuring that the needs of both parties are taken care of.

Major Family Law are a boutique family law firm in the North East, providing a leading service in all things relating to divorce. For advice and help in protecting your pension, please get in touch for your free 45-minute consultation.

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"Hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail"

I’ve always been hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail. I’m not surprised, therefore, that Joanne and her dedicated team of lawyers and support staff have rapidly gained recognition as one of the most forward-looking, innovative, client-focussed family practices in the country.

James Richardson

Family Law Counsel and Deputy District Judge

"A wealth of collaborative experience"

Joanne Major has a wealth of collaborative experience. Her delivery is strong and confident with a no nonsense approach that I came to trust. This is invaluable when clarity and action is required. Major Family Law were highly recommended to me and I would have no hesitation to pass that recommendation on.

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We are happy to endorse the services provided by Joanne Major and the team at Major Family Law, Ponteland. We have a number of mutual clients who speak very highly of them. They are both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers who are clearly client focussed.

Andrew Morgan

Partner, Nicholson & Morgan

"Family lawyer of high calibre and drive"

Having worked with Joanne Major at a large commercial firm some years ago, I am aware she is a family lawyer of high calibre and drive. During a short period of time she has put together an excellent team of intelligent, approachable lawyers who deliver first rate family law services to clients. We as a firm are happy to recommend them.

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Principal Solicitor, Collingwood Legal

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Joanne Major and her team are the “Go To” for any clients or contacts who come to us asking if we know any good family lawyers. We can trust them to understand what is at stake and treat each client as an individual, taking time to listen, explain & advise as we would do when faced with commercial legal issues.

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