In divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership, the pension can be the biggest asset after the family home. You can distribute pensions in several ways, so it is important to understand the options before deciding what is best for you.
How much of my pensions will be taken into account by the court?
The total value of the pensions you have each built up is taken into account. This means all of your pensions, not just the ones you or your ex-partner built up while you were married or in a civil partnership although in some instances it may be possible to make adjustments to the financial settlement to reflect pensions accumulated outside the period of the marriage (including the period that you spent living together provided there was no break and it led seamlessly into marriage / civil partnership).
This could include:
Personal pension schemes (including money purchase schemes, self-invested pension plans
Schemes you have through work
Additional State Pension (but not the basic State Pension)