A pension attachment / earmarking means that the pension still belongs to the scheme member, but the scheme is required to make some form of payment to the former spouse when the member’s benefits become payable.
The Court can order that the former spouse receives one, or a combination, of the following benefits:
An order can also require certain members who joined the LGPS before 17 March 1987 to exchange some pension for an additional lump sum retirement grant (this does not apply in Scotland).
So you will receive an agreed percentage of your partner’s occupational or personal pension when it is paid to them, which could be a lump sum or a regular pension payment.
However, if your partner dies, you will not receive any more money. This is because you only receive money from an attachment order if money is paid to the pensioner.
If the order is for regular payments, these would stop if you remarry. But, depending on the terms of the order, you may get a lump sum if your former partner dies.
Changes to your situation
It may be many years between your divorce and the benefits coming into payment, so you should remember that:
Paying the earmarked pension
The Pensions Section will contact the former spouse when the member applies for payment of their pension benefits or, if the lump sum payable on death has been earmarked, when the member has died. The Pensions Section will check that the earmarking order is still valid and, if so, will arrange for payment to be made to the former spouse.