The primary Benefit
issue in the situation of a legal marriage separation or divorce is
the COBRA continuation right for the dependents covered under the
Medical, Dental and/or Vision plans.
The dependent spouse and
children in a separation/divorce situation are eligible for up to 36
months COBRA continuation of the Medical, Dental and/or Vision
Plans, subject to enrollment and the payment of the necessary
The dependents will be
notified of their COBRA rights once they are terminated from the
group plan, and from that notification date they have 60 days to
enroll and pay the premiums for the COBRA continuation coverage.
The other issue for the
employee to consider is with regards to the Flexible Spending
Account/Dependent Care Account. In a separation/divorce situation,
the employee already participating in the plan has the right to
decrease or cease the contributions for the dependents in the
Flexible Spending Account/Dependent Care Account due to the change
in family status. See the form section below for the
necessary forms to be completed.