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Divorcing Spouse

Divorcing Spouse

How can I use my lump sum and funds (via a Pension Sharing Order) to maintain my standard of living following divorce?

Client Circumstances

  • Mrs Ryan is aged 65
  • Mrs Ryan has no pension provision in her own name
  • Mrs Ryan wishes to obtain £45,000 pa (gross) income to meet her current expenditure
  • Lump sum due on divorce of £1.2m
  • She has a Moderate attitude to risk
  • Pension Sharing Order value is £190,000

Recommended Solutions

  • £100,000 set aside for a cash reserve fund.
  • Invest proceeds from the divorce in a portfolio of collective funds and Investment Bonds.
  • Maximise ISA investment now and annually.
  • £800,000 to ISA and collectives portfolio.
  • £300,000 to Investment Bond.
  • Diversify the funds over a spread of four broad asset classes (UK Equity, Overseas Equity, Commercial Property and Fixed Interest).
  • Pension Sharing Order to provide immediate income.
  • Mrs Ryan refer to her Solicitor to redraw her Will post divorce.

Benefits from advice given

  • State Pension commences via substitution at approx £5,100 pa
  • Draw natural income from ISAs and collectives portfolio at approximately £24,000 pa.
  • Basic Income Tax allowances maximised via pensions and collectives portfolio income.
  • Immediate pension income due of approximately £10,000 pa gross.
  • Total gross income from Mrs Ryan’s investments and pensions of £45,000 pa gross.
  • She will also have the prospect of capital and income growth over the long term.
  • Investment Bond used to provide tax deferred withdrawals at 1.1%.
  • She has adequate cash for emergencies to avoid drawing funds from her portfolio of investments.
  • In due course, Mrs Ryan can seek advice on Inheritance Tax planning.

NB: No Pension Commencement lump sum is available from the Sharing Order.

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