I am in the process of choosing a pensions expert from the 3 recommended ones by my stbx solicitor. Apart from cost what should I be looking out for? Also, is the pension calculate from date of separation or the Decree Absolute that is awaited after financial remedy proceedings?
You need to look at cost and how long it will take for a report to be provided.
It will be quicker if the actuary gets up to date pension information, scheme booklets etc and doesn't have to chase around.
There should be a joint letter of instruction agreed by the parties. This will set out what the actuary has been asked to do. Usually it would be to calculate how pensions should be shared to allow for equality of incomes in retirement. (There may be calculations for more than one retirement age ie 55,60,65). There may be a set of calculations that exclude pensions accrued outside the marriage/relationship.
The calculations are based on the latest valuation of tge pension.
The actual pension share doesn't happen until the scheme receives the paperwork after you have a court order.