2003...pension "growth" difference of about 6 years.
At time of divorce, the court made a decision based
on an actuarized value of $50,xxx before taxes,
and $39,xxx after taxes. These values were consistent with the fact that I would have retired (in any case,
voluntary or company initiated) at age 60.
The actuary had to convert the pension accrued during the marriage and payable at age 60, into a pension amount that was in line with my actual
retirement date at age 57 rather than 60, for legal purposes.
Then to avoid double dipping (SCC ruling) they had to subtract the earlier actuarized amount..$50K from the calculated amount based on my retirement in Nov 2003 into a new pension amount ..based on some Group Annuity Mortality Table 1983, (updated to male and discount rates applicable to end of Oct in 2003),
to arrive at a "net" pension available for support payment purposes.
So yes, you are correct in saying you cannot compare apples to apples as it can get complicated for each individual case.
Yes, as I mentioned, each case is different.In addition, each pension will have specific features which may affect how any one of those values are derived. I'd be cautious about comparing one plan to another.