Divorce & Pensions

If you are going through a divorce or separation, you will need to consider how you and your former partner are going to divide your financial assets, including any pensions you may have. Given how valuable your pension is likely to be, instructing an experienced divorce and pensions solicitor to help you make appropriate arrangements is essential.

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At Henriques Griffiths, our divorce and pensions solicitors in Bristol have substantial expertise and experience in advising both individuals and families on everything that is associated with relationship breakdown. That includes the legal, practical, and emotional aspects.

We want to ensure that your relationship is brought to an end in the most positive way possible, which includes having effective divorce and pensions advice in place, giving you the confidence to look ahead to the next chapter in your life.

We can advise clients from a diverse range of backgrounds and financial situations on their divorce and pensions arrangements, including:

  • General advice about divorce and pensions
  • Pension Sharing Orders
  • Pension offsetting
  • Pension Attachment Orders

Our divorce and pensions solicitors can support you in making arrangements for your pension and wider divorce settlement, either voluntarily or, where necessary, through the courts. We have particular skill with alternative dispute resolution that can be used to help avoid the stress and cost of court proceedings. Our pension disputes solicitors also have the required litigation skills to support you where you are unable to reach a voluntary agreement.

To speak to one of or divorce solicitors in Bristol or Winterbourne for divorce and pensions advice or other related financial settlement matters, call us on 0117 909 4000 or use the links at the bottom of the page to make an enquiry or request a call back.

Our divorce and pensions services

Pension Sharing Orders

Pension sharing sets out how much of a pension will be given to your ex-spouse, or vice versa. It either involves transferring a percentage of the pension, which is taken from an existing scheme and placed into a new scheme, or sees your partner join your existing scheme.

It is important to note that pension sharing will take various types of pensions into consideration, including workplace pensions, additional state pensions and private pensions. Basic and state pensions are not included.

Once the pensions have been valued and proportioned fairly, you or your former partner is required to apply to the court for a Pension Sharing Order.

Our pension law solicitors can advise you on the general process of applying for a Pension Sharing Order, ensuring you secure a fair arrangement that matches your financial situation and requirements moving forward.

Pension offsetting

Pension offsetting is an increasingly popular option for separating couples who are looking to secure a clean break when organising their finances. It simply involves providing certain matrimonial assets to your partner to balance the value of the pension(s).

While this does help to keep the division of finances, including pensions, relatively simple, there are some important considerations to make, which is where our expertise becomes invaluable.

For instance, you need to keep in mind that pension offsetting can sometimes prove to be tricky as the value of individual assets may change over time. This can make it difficult to determine whether pension offsetting is the most practical approach.

Pension Attachment Orders

Pension Attachment Orders (often referred to as pension earmarking) works with one partner giving the other an interest in the pension. A proportion of the pension is paid to the other partner only when the pension is drawn. This may be through monthly payments or a cash lump sum.

This approach means that you and your former partner will still have financial ties to one another long after the divorce has been finalised. Also, the non-scheme holder will not have any authority to dictate what contributions are made to the pension or when they will be able to receive any benefits.

Why choose Henriques Griffiths’ divorce and pension solicitors?

Henriques Griffiths has been representing individuals and families through divorce and separation since 1973. Our team has a depth of experience and legal expertise on various matters, including divorce and pensions. They always aim to take a sympathetic approach to ensure that you are fully supported during such a difficult time.

Our pension solicitors will make the process as straightforward and simple as possible, offering practical advice and providing all the support you need to make informed decisions about your future.

Our Law Society accreditations & memberships

Our divorce and pensions solicitors are always working to keep up to date with the law and any potential developments, ensuring our clients receive the specialist advice they need in order to reach the best possible resolution for their situation. Our wider family law team include members of the Law Society’s Family Law and Children Law panels, demonstrating our expertise in these areas.

Among our divorce solicitors, we have a member of Resolution, the family law group that is committed to dealing constructively with divorce, as well as a specialist in domestic abuse cases.

As a firm, we are Lexcel accredited by the Law Society for our high standards of customer service, compliance and practice management. We are also regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), so you can trust that we consistently meet the highest legal and professional standards.

Contact our expert divorce and pensions solicitors now

For divorce and pensions advice, to include arranging mediation or for help from a collaborative law expert, please call our family law and divorce solicitors on 0117 909 4000 or use the links below to make an enquiry or request a call back.

We have offices in Bristol and Winterbourne.