Divorce and separation

The end of a spousal relationship may affect your pension. Here’s what you need to know.

Separation or divorce and your pension

Your pension may be affected if you separate from or divorce your spouse or common-law partner. This is because your pension is legally considered a shared family asset.

Divide your pension

If you and your spouse have separated, we need to know how to divide your pension. Learn more.

Claim your share of your spouse's pension

As a former spouse of a plan member, you may want to claim your share of the pension. Learn more.

Become a limited member of the plan

As a former spouse of a plan member, apply to become a limited member of the plan to directly receive your share of the plan member’s pension.

Pensions and marital breakdowns: information for lawyers

This overview for lawyers summarizes the information and documents we need to administer a pension after a plan member’s separation or divorce.


This webpage is published for the plan by Pension Corporation. This publication is based on the relevant plan documents (plan rules, statutes, regulations). If there is a discrepancy between this publication and the plan documents, the plan documents apply.

The pension plans are governed by a number of statutes and regulations, including the Public Sector Pension Plans Act, the Pension Benefits Standards Act, the Family Law Act, the federal Income Tax Act, and the Regulations under those Acts all of which are complex and subject to change. In the event of any discrepancy between the legislation and the information you obtain from this Website, the legislation will apply.