Life & Work Events

Separation and Divorce

Divorce, Legal Separation or Dissolution 

Notify Benefits within 31 days of a divorce, legal separation or dissolution of a same sex domestic partnership as it affects your benefits coverage.  You may drop or add coverage for dependents, as well as make changes to other benefits.  Contact your departmental administrator to change your name, if applicable.

Medical, Dental and/or Vision

If you are a medical plan, dental and/or vision plan participant, you must provide legal documentation and drop coverage for your former spouse / domestic partner within 31 days of the divorce, legal separation, or termination of domestic partnership. You must contact benefits@uchicago.edu with a specific request and a copy of your divorce decree/dissolution agreement.

Ending Your Same Sex Domestic Partnership

You must complete the Domestic Partnership Termination form and submit it to Benefits (via fax 773-834-0996) within 31 days. After the termination of a same sex domestic partnership, you will be unable to register another domestic partner for one year from the date of termination.



Special Notes:

  • If you do not terminate your spouse's coverage, you may be held liable for any medical, dental and/or vision claims he or she may have incurred.
  • Should you need to add a dependent to your medical, dental and/or vision coverage, verification of relationship is required. Documentation for a new dependent child may include a birth certificate or adoption papers, or other appropriate legal documents may be provided.
Group Life Insurance and/or Personal Accident Insurance

You may change your beneficiary designation(s) and decrease the level of your coverage anytime during the year.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) 
  • If you anticipate changes to your health care expenses in the upcoming months due to your change in marital status, you may want to begin participating in the Health Care FSA, or increase or decrease your current contributions to the Health Care FSA.
  • If you have children who will become your dependents as a result of a change in marital status and you anticipate day care expenses, you may want to begin participating in the Dependent Care FSA , or increase or decrease your current contributions to the Dependent Care FSA. Changes may be made within 31 days of your legal separation or divorce.
  • These changes can only be made in the case of legal separation or divorce, not in the case of same sex domestic partnership.
Retirement Benefits
  • Change your beneficiary(ies) under the defined contribution portion of the Retirement Income Plan for Employees (ERIP), the Contributory Retirement Plan (CRP), and the Supplemental Retirement Program (SRP) (collectively, these are the "defined contribution" plans).
    • Contact TIAA-CREF 800.842.2776 and Vanguard 800.523.1188 directly to obtain the requisite paperwork. The TIAA-CREF and Vanguard representatives also can identify for you the persons currently designated as your beneficiary(ies).
  • Change your beneficiary(ies) under the defined benefit portion of ERIP and SEPP (ERIP participants only).
    • For the defined benefit portion of ERIP and SEPP (current and former ERIP participants only), please contact Benefits at 773.702.9634.