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Pensions on divorce: an empirical study

Woodward, Hilary Diana and Sefton, Mark 2014. Pensions on divorce: an empirical study. [Project Report]. Cardiff: Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University.

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This is the first detailed study into pension sharing on divorce since its introduction in England and Wales in 2000. The study was designed to provide an insight into when and how pensions are included in final divorce financial remedy orders. Judicial Statistics show that the number of pension orders of any kind is low and remains well below Government predictions. The study included a survey of court files, interviews with practitioners and judges and expert assessment of data from a sub-sample of the court files. Its findings suggest that pension sharing is a positive addition to financial remedies but that it is the prerogative of a relatively privileged minority. Offsetting pension- against non-pension assets remains the most common way of approaching pensions on divorce but the economic rationality of the approach and the fairness of the outcomes were unclear, or questioned by the project pension expert, in a large proportion of cases.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Divorce; Financial remedies; Financial orders; Pensions
Additional Information: This report was written by Hilary Woodward with Mark Sefton.
Publisher: Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University
Funders: The Nuffield Foundation
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2020 01:50

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