Will I Lose Some Of My Pension As A Result Of Divorce?

Will I lose some or all of my pension as a result of divorce? I don’t see why my spouse should get any of it – he has hardly worked a day in his life

By John J. Gilligan
March 08, 2015

John J. Gilligan, a family lawyer in Long Beach, answers:

A marriage is a partnership. Half of any money you earned during the time you were married and living together is owned by your spouse, even if he didn’t work a day in his life. Therefore, when you divorce, your spouse is entitled to half of whatever pension was accumulated during the marriage.


John Gilligan is a founding partner at the family law firm offices of Brandmeyer Gilligan Dockstader & Davidson, LLP in Long Beach, CA. John has over 30 years of experience handling family law, probate litigation and estate planning matters. He can be reached directly at 562-431-2000 or thru email. View their firm online profile here.

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March 08, 2015
Categories:  Financial Issues|FAQs

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