What happens to my LGPS benefits if I get divorced or my civil partnership is dissolved?

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You may wish to get legal advice from your solicitor on how to deal with your LGPS benefits during any divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership.
 
You and your partner will need to consider how to treat your pension rights as part of any divorce/dissolution settlement. 
 
If you get divorced or your civil partnership is dissolved:
 
  • Your ex-spouse or ex-civil partner will cease to be entitled to a spouse’s or civil partner’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 said that you would like your ex-spouse or ex-civil partner to receive any lump sum death grant payable on your death by completing and returning your expression of wish form, this will remain in place unless you change it. If your wishes change, please complete a new form. The Court may, however, issue an Earmarking Order stating that all or part of any lump sum death grant is payable to your ex-spouse or ex-civil partner.