Pensions on divorce
Pension provision in the UK is increasingly inadequate. Divorced women over 65 are particularly vulnerable as their median income is below the poverty line. Despite the extension of the divorce court's powers in the 1990s, pension orders in 2008 featured in just 11 per cent of final ancillary relief orders.
This empirical study will provide information on:
- the extent to which pensions are considered in divorce cases, either by solicitors or the courts;
- the circumstances in which pensions are likely (or unlikely) to be included in final settlements; and
- the alternatives adopted and the rationales behind the approach.
- A survey of 400 divorce court files containing a final ancillary relief order.
- In-depth interviews with 36 family practitioners.
- Three focus groups with district judges to investigate any procedural, legal, economic or social factors which might be limiting the impact of the court's powers.
Hilary Woodward, Cardiff Law School
Children and families
Grant amount and duration:
November 2010 - December 2013
- Recollections of contact issues from young adults
- Media access to family courts
- Contact problems in separated families
- Making policy for divorced and separated families
- Transparency and privacy in family courts
- Towards a family justice observatory
- Finding Fault? Divorce Law in practice in England and Wales