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Joining through divorce settlements

Some people become members of NEST because they’ve received a share of an ex-spouse or ex-civil partner’s NEST retirement pot. This happens when the court makes a pension sharing order.

How does it work?

A pension sharing order will be sent to NEST. This will tell us that you’ve been awarded a share of a NEST retirement pot belonging to your ex-spouse or ex-partner. We will then contact you and explain the next steps, including your two available options – either transfer this share to another pension scheme or leave it in NEST and, if you’re not already, become a member.

What happens if you don’t get back to us?

If you don’t tell us what you want to do within 90 days of us writing to you, the money will stay in NEST and we will enrol you as a member. At a later date you can choose to transfer your money out if you wish or leave your fund to grow with NEST.

What happens once I’m enrolled into NEST?

Within a few days of being enrolled you’ll receive a welcome pack from us. This will tell you all the important things you need to know about being a member. You’ll also get a NEST ID so you can start to use your online account.

Find out more about your welcome pack

What happens if I get divorced?

Find out what happens to your NEST account if you go through a divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership.