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Divorced women fail to capitalise on pension sharing

Divorcing women are losing out on a share of their husband's pension by failing to take advantage of the pension sharing rules introduced in 2000. The Ministry of Justice revealed that just 8% of couples who divorce during the year to the end of September obtained pension sharing orders, where they receive a proportion of their partner's pension pot.

Although this figure is an increase from 6% between December 2000 and December 2006, stockbroker Killik & Co said there was still a long way to go and warned that in the meantime a "pensions underclass" among women was being created.