Human Resources

Getting Divorced

Should you get divorced or have a dissolution of your domestic partnership, you must notify the WHOI Benefits team immediately to make changes to your benefits.

You must make changes to your benefits as a result of the divorce.  You must complete and return the Benefits Enrollment & Change form with the applicable supporting documentation, including your divorce decree, to within 31 days of the divorce, which is considered a Qualified Life Event.  Premium adjustments will not be processed for late notification.

Your eligible dependent children (if applicable) will continue to be eligible dependents under the Plan and may continue to be covered under your benefits.

Your Ex-Spouse will cease to be an eligible dependent and coverage will end on the last day of the month following the date of your divorce.  Your ex-spouse will be eligible to continue coverage on an individual basis under COBRA due to loss of coverage; however, you must notify within 31 days of the loss of coverage in order for COBRA continuation to be offered.

Please contact the WHOI Benefits Team at for more information.


It is important to keep a record of your beneficiary designations and to update them whenever your circumstances change. Keep a copy of all beneficiary designations and review them periodically. You may change your beneficiary designations at any time.  For more information on how to update your beneficiary information, please click here.

Last updated: December 29, 2016