Family Law (Divorce) Act 1996
Financial compensation orders.
16.— (1) Subject to the provisions of this section, on granting a decree of divorce or at any time thereafter, the court, on application to it in that behalf by either of the spouses concerned or by a person on behalf of a dependent member of the family, may, during the lifetime of the other spouse or, as the case may be, the spouse concerned, if it considers—
( a) that the financial security of the spouse making the application (“the applicant”) or the dependent member of the family (“the member”) can be provided for either wholly or in part by so doing, or
( b) that the forfeiture, by reason of the decree of divorce, by the applicant or the member, as the case may be, of the opportunity or possibility of acquiring a benefit (for example, a benefit under a pension scheme) can be compensated for wholly or in part by so doing,
make a financial compensation order, that is to say, an order requiring the other spouse to do one or more of the following:
(i) to effect such a policy of life insurance for the benefit of the applicant or the member as may be specified in the order,
(ii) to assign the whole or a specified part of the interest of the other spouse in a policy of life insurance effected by that other spouse or both of the spouses to the applicant or to such person as may be specified in the order for the benefit of the member,
(iii) to make or to continue to make to the person by whom a policy of life insurance is or was issued the payments which that other spouse or both of the spouses is or are required to make under the terms of the policy.
(2) ( a) The court may make a financial compensation order in addition to or in substitution in whole or in part for orders under section 13, 14, 15 or 17 and in deciding whether or not to make such an order it shall have regard to whether proper provision having regard to the circumstances exists or can be made for the spouse concerned or the dependent member of the family concerned by orders under those sections.
( b) An order under this section shall cease to have effect on the re-marriage F17 [ , registration in a civil partnership ] or death of the applicant in so far as it relates to the applicant.
( c) The court shall not make an order under this section in favour of a spouse who has remarried F17 [ or registered in a civil partnership ].
( d) An order under section 22 in relation to an order under paragraph (i) or (ii) of subsection (1) may make such provision (if any) as the court considers appropriate in relation to the disposal of—
(i) an amount representing any accumulated value of the insurance policy effected pursuant to the order under the said paragraph (i), or
(ii) the interest or the part of the interest to which the order under the said paragraph (ii) relates.