Posted January 17th, 2011
You can now search the Resolution public website for all the qualified Resolution Accredited Independent Financial Advisers (IFA) to assist you with issues such as:
- Pension Sharing
- Pension Offsetting
- Pension Attachment
- Life Assurance needs
- Financial Planning
The search tool can be found here -
If you would like more information about how we advise our clients on the financial aspects of divorce, please contact us on 0800 092 1229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted December 24th, 2010
Pension Attachment (earmarking) – Need advice now?
Why not book a free no obligation review of how pension attachment / earmarking affects you.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there on what can and cannot be done with pension earmarking.
I offer a free 30 minute consultation by telephone so why not call me now on 0800 092 1229 to arrange or send an email to email@example.com Virtual sessions available webcam too!
Posted October 23rd, 2009
I am often asked why earmarking is not used more often. Since 1996 such settlements have been available but not widely used.
My own view is that in certain circumstances an earmarking order can have its merits and if drafted correctly, with the right protections placed around it, can ultimately meet a client’s needs.
However, there are a number of key limitations which need to be fully understood. It will pay to review your options in full and ensure that if earmarking is deemed to be appropriate, you have discounted the other options of pension sharing and pension offsetting, and vice versa.
I have set out below some of the main advantages and disadvantages of this option.
• It allows for both the tax free cash benefit as well as the pension income benefit to be earmarked.
• Death in service benefits can also be earmarked.
• It is possible to use an earmarking order in circumstances of judicial separation and nullity not just on divorce.
• It cuts across the clean break principle as the pension holder can decide when to draw the pension and lump sum benefits, perhaps delaying this beyond their normal retirement.
• The benefits payable to the ex-spouse cease when the pension holder dies.
• Often, the ex spouse has no control over how the funds are invested (and therefore this could be in higher risk assets).
• The member could (out of spite) opt out of the original scheme and start a new post divorce arrangement potentially reducing the earmarked benefit.
• The automatic termination of the court order on remarriage of the ex spouse is a clear incentive to continue to cohabit.
• The entire pension is taxed in the hands of the pension holder and earmarked payments are made after tax has been paid. Often this will not be tax-efficient for the ex-spouse.
Have you fully reviewed your options on divorce? How in control do you feel on your decision-making? Should you consider earmarking and how much should be earmarked?
If you wish to discuss any of the issues here, please call me in confidence on 01204 663904.