Forces pension / Earmarking help please.


i'm posting this query on behalf of a friend, and have had a good search on the internet generally first. i have also read the forces divorce pension guide, but still have a query.

if a forces pension percentage has been earmarked for an ex-spouse and is now due to be started/paid are there any 'rules' re. the age of the ex-spouse? ie. does the ex-spouse receive this money as per agreement OR only if they are over a certain age?

nowhere is any age documented for the ex-spouse, but this seems to now potentially be an issue. any help greatfully received.

i personally would have thought it shouldn't matter o/wise if a forces pensioner had a much younger ex-spouse, they might never receive any money?!


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    The ex spouse has to be of pensionable age i.e she has to be due her own state pension. Before that time, it sits in a seperate account.

    The bloke loses the % immediately, but the money isn't payable until the ex is owed her own pension having worked the requisite number of years.
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