I am getting divorced - how does offsetting my pension rights work?


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The value of your pension rights is offset against any other financial assets when the court decides on the fair share of the divorcing couples total assets. This will only work if there are other assets of a similar size to the pension rights.

Many divorcing couples prefer this method which leaves pension rights intact. However, it can be difficult to achieve a fair share of a couple’s total assets by offsetting a pension pot against other assets. As this can be hard to achieve, there are alternatives available such as Pension Sharing and Earmarking if a fair balance cannot be agreed.