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The Effect of Divorce When Your Police Pension is in Payment

Date:9 JUN 2017
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Sarah Thompson 
Principal Lawyer
Slater and Gordon (UK) LLP

If you get divorced while your pension is in payment what option would best suit your situation?

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On retirement police officers have the option of taking a tax free lump sum worth up to 25 per cent of the cash equivalent value (CEV) of their pension known as the commutation the remainder is then paid out on a monthly basis and is taxed as income. However should you get divorced while your pension is in payment there are generally two options available to you – off-setting or a Pension Sharing Order.


Off-setting means that your former spouse would receive other marital capital in lieu of their claim...

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