Benefits Changes Due to Divorce or Legal Separation

Use the following details to make changes to your benefits if you experience a separation or divorce:

Remove your spouse from your health, dental and vision insurance

  • Complete your enrollment change online via Please keep in mind that a copy of the divorce decree or legal separation document validating this qualifying event must be provided to Benefits within 60 calendar days of the divorce date
  • You can change the health, dental or vision plan(s) in which you or your family is enrolled. If you are adding dependents to your health plan(s); documentation will also be required to verify dependent eligibility and must be submitted within 60 calendar days from the divorce date.
  • Insurance premiums are not prorated. Regardless of the date of divorce, you are financially responsible for the entire month of insurance premiums.

Remove your spouse from life insurance

Effective Date of Changes

  • If approved, changes made to your benefits due to a divorce or legal separation are effective the first of the month following the date that Benefits receives your supporting documentation - as long as it is received and your online changes are completed within 60 calendar days from the life event date.

Change your personal information

Update your beneficiary information:

  • Update your GW Retirement Savings plan beneficiary designation with your provider (Fidelity or TIAA)
  • Update your HSA beneficiary designation with PayFlex