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How will my pension be affected if I become separated or divorced or my civil partnership is dissolved?

If you become legally separated your widow, widower or civil partner will continue to be entitled to receive a survivor’s pension should you die before them.

If you become divorced or your civil partnership is dissolved your ex-wife, ex-husband or ex-civil partner will cease to be entitled to a survivor’s pension should you die before them.  Any children’s pension paid to an eligible child in the event of your death will not be affected by your divorce or dissolution

If you have nominated your ex-wife, ex-husband or ex-civil partner to receive any lump sum death grant payable on your death, this will remain in place unless you change it.  If your wishes have changed you should complete and return an updated Expression of Wish Form LGS20 (*PDF, 273KB).

If your Scheme benefits are subject to a Pension Sharing Order or Earmarking Order issued by the Court following either divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership, your benefits will be reduced in accordance with the Court Order or agreement.  In consequence, if you remarry, enter into a new civil partnership or nominate a cohabiting partner to receive a survivor’s pension, any spouse’s pension, civil partner’s pension or nominated cohabiting partner’s pension payable following your death will be reduced. Any children’s pensions payable to an eligible child will not be reduced because of a pension share.

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