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65(1)Schedule 2 is amended as follows.E+W

(2)In paragraph 2, for “section 21” there is substituted “ sections 21 and 21A ”.

(3)In the section set out in that paragraph, for the sidenote there is substituted “ Financial provision orders, property adjustment orders and pension sharing orders. ”

(4)In that section, in paragraphs (c) and (d) of subsection (2), there is inserted at the end “ , other than one in the form of a pension arrangement (within the meaning of section 25D below) ”.

(5)In that section, after subsection (2) there is inserted—

(3)For the purposes of this Act, a pension sharing order is an order which—

(a)provides that one party’s—

(i)shareable rights under a specified pension arrangement, or

(ii)shareable state scheme rights,

be subject to pension sharing for the benefit of the other party, and

(b)specifies the percentage value to be transferred.

(6)In that section, subsections (3), (4) and (5) become (4), (5) and (6).

(7)In that section, after subsection (6) (new numbering) there is inserted—

(7)In subsection (3)—

(a)the reference to shareable rights under a pension arrangement is to rights in relation to which pension sharing is available under Chapter I of Part IV of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999, or under corresponding Northern Ireland legislation, and

(b)the reference to shareable state scheme rights is to rights in relation to which pension sharing is available under Chapter II of Part IV of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999, or under corresponding Northern Ireland legislation.

(8)In that section, subsection (6) becomes subsection (8).

(9)After paragraph 6 there is inserted—

Pension sharing orders: divorce and nullityE+W

6AFor section 24B substitute—

24B “Pension sharing orders: divorce.

(1)On an application made under this section, the court may at the appropriate time make one or more pension sharing orders.

(2)The “appropriate time” is any time—

(a)after a statement of marital breakdown has been received by the court and before any application for a divorce order or for a separation order is made to the court by reference to that statement;

(b)when an application for a divorce order has been made under section 3 of the 1996 Act and has not been withdrawn;

(c)when an application for a divorce order has been made under section 4 of the 1996 Act and has not been withdrawn;

(d)after a divorce order has been made.

(3)The court shall exercise its powers under this section, so far as is practicable, by making on one occasion all such provision as can be made by way of one or more pension sharing orders in relation to the marriage as it thinks fit.

(4)This section is to be read subject to any restrictions imposed by this Act and to section 19 of the 1996 Act.

24BA Restrictions affecting section 24B.

(1)No pension sharing order may be made under section 24B above so as to take effect before the making of a divorce order in relation to the marriage.

(2)The court may not make a pension sharing order under section 24B above at any time while the period for reflection and consideration is interrupted under section 7(8) of the 1996 Act.

(3)No pension sharing order may be made under section 24B above by virtue of a statement of marital breakdown if, by virtue of section 5(3) or 7(9) of the 1996 Act (lapse of divorce process), it has ceased to be possible—

(a)for an application to be made by reference to that statement, or

(b)for an order to be made on such an application.

(4)No pension sharing order may be made under section 24B above after a divorce order has been made, except—

(a)in response to an application made before the divorce order was made, or

(b)on a subsequent application made with the leave of the court.

(5)A pension sharing order under section 24B above may not be made in relation to a pension arrangement which—

(a)is the subject of a pension sharing order in relation to the marriage, or

(b)has been the subject of pension sharing between the parties to the marriage.

(6)A pension sharing order under section 24B above may not be made in relation to shareable state scheme rights if—

(a)such rights are the subject of a pension sharing order in relation to the marriage, or

(b)such rights have been the subject of pension sharing between the parties to the marriage.

(7)A pension sharing order under section 24B above may not be made in relation to the rights of a person under a pension arrangement if there is in force a requirement imposed by virtue of section 25B or 25C below which relates to benefits or future benefits to which he is entitled under the pension arrangement.

(8)In this section, “period for reflection and consideration” means the period fixed by section 7 of the 1996 Act.

24BB Pension sharing orders: nullity of marriage.

(1)On or after granting a decree of nullity of marriage (whether before or after the decree is made absolute), the court may, on an application made under this section, make one or more pension sharing orders in relation to the marriage.

(2)The court shall exercise its powers under this section, so far as is practicable, by making on one occasion all such provision as can be made by way of one or more pension sharing orders in relation to the marriage as it thinks fit.

(3)Where a pension sharing order is made under this section on or after the granting of a decree of nullity of marriage, the order is not to take effect unless the decree has been made absolute.

(4)This section is to be read subject to any restrictions imposed by this Act.

24BC Restrictions affecting section 24BB.

(1)A pension sharing order under section 24BB above may not be made in relation to a pension arrangement which—

(a)is the subject of a pension sharing order in relation to the marriage, or

(b)has been the subject of pension sharing between the parties to the marriage.

(2)A pension sharing order under section 24BB above may not be made in relation to shareable state scheme rights if—

(a)such rights are the subject of a pension sharing order in relation to the marriage, or

(b)such rights have been the subject of pension sharing between the parties to the marriage.

(3)A pension sharing order under section 24BB above may not be made in relation to the rights of a person under a pension arrangement if there is in force a requirement imposed by virtue of section 25B or 25C below which relates to benefits or future benefits to which he is entitled under the pension arrangement. ”

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