Case Study 8 - How to reduce pension sharing by £68,000!

Background

  • Our client, Mr A approached us to assist with the division of pensions in his divorce.
  • His pensions were significantly more valuable than Mrs A’s pensions on a cash equivalent transfer value (CETV) basis (£600,000 v £140,000).

Concerns

  • Mrs A’s existing IFA had put forward an approach whereby the division of the pensions would be done on a capital value
    basis. i.e. £600,000 – £140,000 / 2 = £230,000.
  • Therefore, Mrs A would receive a pension share of c.£230,000 or 38%.
  • Mr A was concerned that this was too simplistic and unfair to him because his benefits were in personal pensions whilst Mrs A’s pension was final salary.

What We Did

  • We reviewed the CETVs and ascertained that Mrs A’s pension was an NHS Pension.
  • Their CETV calculations are on a single life basis.
  • This undervalues the true pension benefits which are joint life benefits.
  • In addition, providing like for like benefits for Mr A is expensive using his personal pension (He needs much more capital to
    produce a similar income to Mrs A).
  • We put forward equalising the pensions on an income basis as being a more fair approach to both.

The Results

  • Mrs A’s IFA accepted the approach.
  • He was able to negotiate a 27% pension share to be taken from his benefits or £162,000.
  • Ultimately, he was able to retain a further £68,000 of his pension capital.

What Our Clients Say...

His attention to detail was impressive...
“Phil has shown much patience and knowledge in helping me plan for my future after divorce, being so close to retirement. Despite unusual circumstances of distance, he rose to the occasion leaving no stone unturned with regard to either his professional responsibilities or my future needs. His attention to detail was impressive, always maintaining regular contact. He approached weighty matters with gentle humour when needed to offset my initial nervousness in decision making.

I was given as much time as I needed to read the paperwork involved and ask questions. I was stunned when I was advised by him to apply for the State Pension, an area in which I had no knowledge at all and Phil showed his true value with his directness and I found in conclusion that the system is not so hard for the lay person if one trusts the person giving the advice.
I waited until I was back in the UK before I submitted my decree absolute to the Department of Work & Pensions and they had already given me a basic pension. I logged on to my current account and they had given me a lump sum back payment now that they are using my ex’s contributions that was a wonderful surprise as you may imagine! It has almost quadrupled the original sum they were paying each month”
Mrs Cole - Hampshire

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