684. Creation by settlement under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.

684.     Creation by settlement under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.

The grant or purchase of an annuity1 by one spouse or civil partner for the benefit of the other is normally a 'settlement' within the meaning of the Matrimonial Causes Act 19732. As such, it is within the court's statutory power to make orders varying ante-nuptial or post-nuptial settlements on or after the granting of a decree of divorce or of nullity of marriage or a decree of judicial separation3. The same powers exist on the making of a dissolution, nullity or separation