FAQs Property Division, Sharing & The Matrimonial Home

How is my pension valued for purposes of equalization?

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Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

Employer-sponsored pensions are valued in a two-step process. First, the total value of the pension-holder’s pension must be determined. This “preliminary value” represents the entire period in which the pension was earned up until the date of marital separation.

Second, the preliminary value is then pro-rated to reflect the value earned during the pension-holder’s marriage to their spouse. This is known as the “family law value.” Once the Family Law Value has been calculated, it is factored in determining the pension-holding spouse’s Net Family Property for purposes of equalization.

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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