A recent case in the insolvency courts has seen the court considering the possibility of forcing a bankrupt pension holder to draw down funds to be used by their trustee in bankruptcy.

Time will tell whether this type of order will filter into financial settlements on divorce. There are already a number of options for dealing with pensions on divorce that I consider with my clients, particularly when creating bespoke and creative solutions for them. The ability to force someone to draw on their pension would have to be seen as a last resort but would be a tool worth having.

The question of access to pension funds often arises as way to finance financial remedy settlements. There are increasingly flexible ways of drawing on pension funds to do so.