Following the 2019 Pension Advisory Group report, A Guide to the Treatment of Pensions on Divorce, a number of barriers were identified that prevent couples and their advisers from properly taking pensions into account on divorce. Focus groups of experts and a survey demonstrated that, even where lawyers wanted their clients to take account of the pensions, the emotional and financial costs of doing so are often too high. The evidence was that, in swathes of cases, pensions are not properly considered, for complex social and cultural reasons.

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This echoed findings by Hilary Woodward and colleagues in her 2014 study of 369 court files, which showed that the fairness of pension outcom...

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