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Divorce & eligible children

3 November 2005

USS and TPS information on divorce and eligible children.

Divorce or annulment of marriage

As part of proceedings for divorce or annulment of marriage current or prospective pensions may be shared, or more accurately split, as a clean break. Where such proceedings began before December 2000 the value of the pension scheme benefits can either be taken into account in the assessment of the respective partners' net worth with other assets exchanged, or a proportion of the pension scheme benefits can be earmarked for the former spouse. These options remain available.

Where the rights are in an unfunded scheme like TPS the other party will accrue rights in that scheme; funded schemes like USS may or may not offer such rights, but the other party will in any event be able to require a transfer to another scheme of those acquired rights.

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Eligible children

In these notes 'eligible children' include lawful, natural, or adopted children of a deceased member, and others who were dependants of that person and treated by that person as children of his/her family, but does not include those of 17 or over who are neither receiving full-time education or training nor are incapacitated.

Last updated: 4 April 2019