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Divorce Pension Resettlement

Fair pension settlements

Your divorce may well have been stressful with a mix of emotions and at the time you may have thought that you had a lawyer there to fight your corner for a fair settlement, however our experience is that the pension element of divorces is often undervalued leaving you potentially short changed.

Lawyers often advised taking cash or part of your matrimonial home in exchange for your share of your ex-partners pension and often this was done without properly investigating the true and fair value of the retirement package at the time. This means some people may not have a fair pension settlement.

Examples of undervalued pensions

  • Failing to investigate your ex-partners pension at all
  • Not having the correct documentation to come to a fair value of the pension share
  • Failing to use the correct expert, usually an actuary, to advise you of the fair value of the pension

Are you eligible?

“Do I have a claim?” is the question you are probably asking yourself. If your ex-partner worked in the Armed Forces, Police, Fire Service, NHS, or as a Teacher or other Civil servant and you were divorced after 2003, then it is likely you have a claim.

There is no contact with your ex-partner and we can obtain compensation for the shortfall between the amount you settled for and what you are entitled to.

Why contact Irvings?

  • We offer a FREE initial meeting.
  • We’ll come and visit you for a chat if you can’t make it to our office.
  • No financial risk for you with our no-win-no-fee promise.
  • Insurance protection against all legal costs or disbursements.
  • We have fully qualified solicitors who specialise in divorce pension resettlement claims.
  • You’ll pay absolutely nothing if we lose.
  • You will keep a minimum of 75% of any compensation if you win.

Case Study

Sarah went through a messy divorce with her ex-husband and instructed solicitors to advise her through the divorce proceedings. In the divorce settlement, amongst other things, her divorce solicitors advised her that a 38% pension sharing order in respect of her ex-husband’s army pension was a fair outcome for her and a divorce settlement was reached on that basis.

Upon making enquiries with us, it appeared that her divorce solicitor did not get actuarial evidence in order to determine what would be a fair share of the pension. Public sector pensions are a complicated area and without expert advice, it would be difficult for a solicitor to advise as to what would represent a fair proportion to be agreeing in the divorce settlement. We formally submitted the claim to Sarah’s former solicitors who denied that they had been negligent but following negotiations, they made an offer of £20,000 which was accepted by Sarah. As a result, Sarah had additional money to move on with her life.

Have a question for May?

May Lee, our specialist in divorce pension resettlement, is a good starting place to assess your case and to get the ball rolling with claiming the compensation to which you may be entitled. You can contact her directly using the details below – there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain.

T: 0800 954 0243
freephone: 0800 954 0243
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