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Clare, Family Solicitor
Category: Family Law
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Experience:  I have been a solicitor in High Street Practise since 1985 and have specialised in Family Law for the last 10 years
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My husband is in receipt of a fire brigade pension of about

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My husband is in receipt of a fire brigade pension of about £8000pa in addition to a number of state benefits adding up to about £22kpa (net).

I work and earn just £16k per annum gross. I have saved into a pension fund for 30 years and it is now valued at about £90k. Now we are divorcing after 7 years of marriage he says he is entitled to a share of my pension fund.

This seems unfair to me as my pension fund is unlikely to give me an pension income like his even if I carry on paying into it for another 11 years until I retire.
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare
I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
How long have you lived together; how long have you been paying into your pension and what other assets are there?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hello Clare


We have been together since 2006, married in 2007.

There is a marital home with no mortgage, worth around £215000.

This was wholly owned by me before we married but I stupidly signed it into joint names.

We have savings, mine are about £36000. He says he has about the same but I believe he has a lot more than that hidden.


I started saving into my pension in 1986 and am 56 years old this year.

He is 59 this year and has been on an injury pension for about 20 years.




I am afraid that your ex does have a claim on the pension - but only on 50% of seven years worth - so in your case that means an eighth at most
Also the cost of a pension sharing order makes it unlikely that one will be ordered for an amount that small
Equally the length of your relationship does not guarantee him 50% of the equity in the house despite it being in joint names
I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further details
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you Clare that has been helpful




You are most welcome - I hope all goes well
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