Getting divorced

Dividing your benefits with a former partner

If you get divorced or dissolve a civil partnership, the courts need to decide how to divide your assets between you and your former spouse or civil partner. When they do this, they’ll take the value of your benefits into account.

For divorce proceedings that started on or after 1 October 2000, the courts can apply a process called pension sharing. 

With pension sharing, the courts split the value of your benefits between you and your former spouse or civil partner upfront. Your former partner will need to move their share of the benefits to another pension arrangement and the value of your benefits in the RMPP will be reduced to reflect this.

If you are getting divorced, please get in touch with the Pensions Service Centre (contact details below). You’ll need to ask them for details of your benefits in writing. When you write to them, please quote:

  • Your membership number or National Insurance number

  • Your date of birth.

If you don’t know which section you’re in, contact the Helpline (contact details are at the bottom of the page); or If you recieve an Annual Benefit Illustration the section is noted on the front page.