If you and your spouse will be getting a divorce, the following will facilitate this transition. See the Termination of Domestic Partnership section below if you are ending a domestic partner relationship.
Divorce is a "qualifying status change" in terms of your benefits, which means that you may change your benefit elections without waiting until the annual open enrollment period. Effective the date of the divorce, your spouse and any covered step-children will no longer be eligible for benefits. You MUST complete a Benefit Election Form to remove the ineligible dependents within 60 days of your final divorce. You will need to provide documentation of your divorce when you change your benefits. Contact your department representative for assistance with benefit elections.
Health Coverage Continuation
You will need to drop your spouse and any step-children from your health coverage within 60 days of the divorce. Contact your department representative for more information. Your ex-spouse and step children may be eligible for continuation of health coverage through COBRA, but that right will be jeopardized if you or your ex-spouse does not provide timely notification of your divorce.
You may want to review the amount of Voluntary Term Life Insuranced or Dependent Term Life Insurance you have purchased for yourself and your children. You can also change your beneficiary for the Basic Life Insurance policy the county purchases for you (if eligible). Your ex-spouse is no longer eligible for coverage under the County of Riverside Group plan and you must remove him/her and any ex-step children from coverage to avoid additional premium deductions from your pay warrent. Your ex-spouse and any children no ineligilbe may be able to convert Voluntary Term Life Insurance), or Dependent Life Insurance benefits to an individual policy. Visit The Standard enrollment portal to review/modify coverage elections and make necessary beneficiary changes..
Your CalPERS benefits are considered community property under California law. You should contact the CalPERS Community Property Unit to see how this may impact the benefits you are receiving now if you are already retired, or your future retirement benefits if still working. CalPERS will need a copy of your property settlement agreement.
Be sure to review your Beneficiary Designation form. Your dissolution of marriage revokes a designation you may currently have on file with CalPERS.
You may also want to review your current Power of Attorney, or consider completing a CalPERS Special Power of Attorney form.
Last Name Change
If you will be changing your last name, the change will need to be made through your department representative so that you will continue to receive your mail, and will be listed properly in directories. Please complete the Request for Status Change and forward this request to your department representative.
Contact your department representative to find out how your department handles changes to email accounts, business cards, departmental directories, and name plates.
Social Security Card
If you change your name, be sure to notify Social Security. To change the name shown on your card, you need to complete Form SS-5 (which is available for download or at your local Social Security office) and submit evidence of your identity. Your card will have your new name but the same number as your old card. Changing your name on your card requires one or more documents identifying you by both your OLD NAME and your NEW NAME. See the Social Security web site for more information, or visit your local Social Security office.
Making sure your home and mailing addresses are correct in the HR System is critical so that you will continue to receive important notifications and mailings sent to the current mailing address on your record. You can make the change by completing a Request for Status Change and forward this request to your department representative.
The U.S. Postal Service Web site allows you to submit your address change online or complete a form and print it out to mail in.
You may want to review your Form W-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate so that you are claiming the correct deductions. Contact the Auditor Controller department for forms and questions.
Are you changing your bank account? Make sure your Direct Deposit information changes as well. You can download and complete a Direct Deposit Request Form to start, or a Direct Deposit Cancellation form to end direct deposit. Contact the Auditor Controller department for forms and questions.
Employee Assistance Services (EAS)
Divorce can be stressful in many ways. The Employee Assistance Services offers free, confidential, professional counseling and referral services to help you and your family with any issues that may arise during your divorce.
For more information on Human Resources-related issues, contact your department representative.
NOTE: This is intended to be a summary of benefits, services and procedures. For full details, refer to benefit plan booklets and law.