Tips on using the calculator
If you’re getting divorced you’ll need to start working out the value of any joint assets so that they can be split fairly.
Working out the Value of Pensions
Pensions are often one of the most valuable marital assets you will have. In the wealthiest 10% of society, it eclipses the amount of money held in the marital home and even in the least wealthy 50% it still makes up almost a third of the household wealth.
— 2020 Financial (@simonpgarber) March 6, 2019
How to work out how much you have in pensions
If you know what pensions you and your spouse have then you can either use the Cash Equivalent Value, which should be on your latest annual statement, or you can write to your pension trustees and ask them for an up to date estimate of your pension value.
If you don’t know what pensions you have or know you have old pensions but don’t have the details:
- List all of the jobs you and your spouse have ever held – if your spouse is not forthcoming with information then you check to see if they have a LinkedIn profile
- Use the free government pension tracing tool to locate the pension trustees details for each employer
- Write to the pension trustees requesting details of any pensions you might hold with them. Provide them with as much detail about your employment as possible.
N.B. The pension trustees will only release information to the pension holder or somebody acting with proof of their authorisation.
Estimated Value of Property
It’s important to look at sold figures rather than property listings as the amount a house sells for is often not the same as its advertised price. Remember, if you need to sell quickly it is likely you’ll need to accept a lower offer for a quick sale.
To get a realistic property value estimate, it’s best practice to get valuations from 3 local estate agents. Alternatively, a property surveyor’s valuation will also give you an accurate indication of what your house is worth.
But if you’re looking for a starting point and aren’t ready to invite estate agents or surveyors around, there are a few ways to get a quick estimate for the value of your property:
Pensions in Divorce Guide
Divorces can be both stressful and costly. But understanding your rights and options when it comes to sharing pensions in a divorce could mean you get a fair financial settlement. Download our free guide today.
This pension divorce calculator is provided for general information purposes only. It is a guide and does not reflect the actual pension split you might receive after a divorce.
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