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Pensions Act 2008

Schedule 7: Pension compensation on divorce etc: Scotland

340.Schedule 7 makes various amendments to the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985 (the ‘1985 Act’) to enable the courts to make pension compensation sharing orders and, in certain circumstances, orders in respect of qualifying agreements which concern pension compensation paid by the Pension Protection Fund.

341.Paragraph 2 amends section 8 (orders for financial provision) of the 1985 Act to provide that in an action for divorce either party to a marriage, and in an action for dissolution of a civil partnership either partner, can apply to the court for a pension compensation sharing order and a pension compensation earmarking order (an order under section 12B(2)) in an action for divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership. The paragraph also sets out the circumstances in which a pension compensation sharing order may be made. The effect of this provision is that compensation sharing will not be available in relation to rights which have already been shared between parties or civil partners. This provision also applies when a court is making an order with respect to a qualifying agreement which concerns pension compensation sharing.

342.Paragraph 3 inserts a new section 8B (Pension compensation sharing orders: apportionment of charges) which mirrors the existing provision made in relation to pension sharing orders by section 8A and states that a court order may provide for the apportionment of any charge made by the Board of the Pension Protection Fund under Section 114 (charges in respect of compensation sharing costs).

343.Paragraph 4 amends section 10 (sharing of value of matrimonial property or partnership property) of the 1985 Act to include new subsections 8B and 8(C) which mirror the existing provision at section 10(8A) and provide for the Scottish Ministers to make regulations in relation to the calculation, verification and apportionment of benefits under Pension Protection Fund compensation.

344.Paragraph 6 inserts a new section 12B (order for payment of capital sum: pension compensation) which ensures that the court can make earmarking orders in respect of Pension Protection Fund compensation in a similar way to the making of earmarking orders in respect of pensions under the current provisions of sections 12A of the 1985 Act. An earmarking order is an alternative to a pension sharing order that will be available to the court on divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership where one of the parties has rights to pension compensation.

345.Paragraph 8 amends section 16 (agreements on financial provision) of the 1985 Act to ensure that qualifying agreements in respect of pension compensation sharing can be dealt with by the court in the same as way as they would deal with qualifying agreements which concern pension sharing provision.

346.Paragraph 9 inserts relevant definitions in the 1985 Act.

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