Women separating are foregoing their share of pension schemes to secure the family home, new research has found.

Researchers found that parties with private pensions were reluctant to disclose the value of their pension/s or to include these in the division of property, following a separation.

In interviews with couples who had entered into settlement agreements, a recurrent theme was women being determined to stay in the family home.

For men, pensions were the key asset they wanted to keep. Pensions can be a major component of a couple’s assets but while they were mentioned in 57% of the research sample, pension sharing was agreed in only 11%.

All Settled? A study of legally binding separation agreements and private ordering in Scotland by Dr Jane Mair, Professor Fran Wasoff and Dr Kirsteen Mackay is published by the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships.



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