Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010


Preservation of pension entitlements.

49.— (1) On application to it by either of the civil partners in an application under section 48 , the court may make an order directing the trustees of a pension scheme of which either or both of the civil partners are members not to regard the separation of the civil partners as a ground for disqualifying either of them for the receipt of a benefit under the scheme that would normally require that the civil partners be residing together at the time when the benefit becomes payable.

(2) The applicant shall give notice of an application under subsection (1) to the trustees of the pension scheme and, in deciding whether to make an order under subsection (1), the court shall have regard to any order made, or proposed to be made, by it in relation to the application by the civil partner or civil partners under section 48 and any representations made by those trustees in relation to the matter.

(3) The court may determine the manner in which the costs incurred by the trustees under subsection (2) or in complying with an order under subsection (1) are to be borne, including by either of the civil partners or by both of them in the proportions that the court may determine.

(4) In this section, “pension scheme” has the meaning assigned to it by section 109.