Divorce, Legal Separation and ending Domestic Partnership 2018-06-14T18:09:01+00:00

A. DIVORCE

Visa Services & Dependent Work Authorization
Eligibility for G4 visa and dependent work authorization ends at the time the divorce decree is final. The former spouse may not reenter the U.S. on the G4 visa after the date of the divorce  and has a 60 – day grace period to adjust visa status or depart the U.S. The IMF Visa Services Office (202 223 1115) can answer additional questions. More information is available on the G4 Visas & Dependent Work Authorization page.

Benefits
In the case of divorce, certain Fund benefits will no longer be available to the former spouse, others require your action to change enrollments and/or continue benefits coverage.

Resettlement Benefit Eligibility Description Action Required
Resettlement All staff and contractuals eligible for resettlement benefits The former spouse may receive, travel, resettlement allowance, and shipment of personal effects to any approved destination Travel must take place within 1 year of divorce

 

Insurance Benefit Eligibility Description Action Required
Medical Benefits Plan


All plan members Coverage will continue until the end of the month in which the divorce becomes final.

 

Former spouse is entitled in own right to elect coverage under the extension option for up to 36 months.

Members notify HR Center within 31 days of divorce.

Extension option application must be received by MBP administrator within 60 days following termination of coverage or date of notification.

Group Life Insurance If former spouse was covered prior to divorce Coverage can continue on an individual basis by former spouse Within 90 days following loss of coverage.
Long term care If former spouse was covered prior to divorce Coverage can be continued on a direct bill basis to former spouse Former spouse will need to contact the administrator

 

Expatriate and Tax Benefits Eligibility Description Action Required
Home Leave All expatriate staff members Home leave benefits for spouse cease. You will continue to receive benefits for eligible children, if applicable. None
Education Allowance All expatriate staff currently receiving education allowances You will continue to receive benefits for eligible children, if applicable. None
Spouse & Child Allowance All staff members currently receiving benefits at time of divorce Allowances for former spouse cease at time of divorce. You may receive augmented allowances for one eligible child, if applicable. Dependent data must be updated in HR Web
Tax Allowance All U.S. citizen taxpayers If you receive a tax allowance from the Fund, you need to update your tax allowance in HR Web after your change in dependents has been recognized by the Fund. If you do not receive a tax allowance, you may consider adjusting your withholding based on the change in your family status. Within 31 days (recommended)

 

Retirement Benefits Eligibility Description Action Required
Staff Retirement Plan (SRP) All SRP participants The SRP  permits a participant, retired participant,  spouse or former spouse who is party to court proceedings to bring a request to the SRP Administration Committee, asking that the court order or approved settlement agreement, which requires that the spouse or child support payments be made from SRP benefits, be given effect. If accepted by the committee, benefit payments from the SRP would be redirected to the spouse or former spouse at the time of retirement.

Payments cease in the event of death of either party.

 

You may update your beneficiary information for the Staff Retirement Plan.

Contact the SRP team.
Contractual Retirement Plan (CERP) All CERP participants The CERP administrator handles court ordered former spouse benefits. Contact the Plan administrator

Staff Retirement Plan

Division of Retirement Benefits due to a Divorce or Legal Separation
Beginning January 3, 2017, the division of Fund employee retirement benefits due to a divorce or legal separation is being handled by Willis Towers Watson (WTW).  For assistance, please contact WTW directly at:
Willis Towers Watson
Administrative Court Divorce Order Service Center, P.O. Box 712728
Los Angeles, CA  90071
Attn: IMF Divorce Order Team
Toll-Free:  1.855.481.2661     Fax:  310.789.5984
Other Benefits Eligibility Description Action Required
Spouse Travel Points If receiving spouse points at the time of the divorce All spouse points are cancelled at date of divorce None

Spouse ID Badge
The staff will
have to turn in its former spouse’s Fund ID Badge to Security Services (if applicable).

 

B. LEGAL SEPARATION

There are several steps the staff needs to take in order for the separation from the spouse to be recognized by the Fund and to change applicable benefits and services. The staff can have its marital status changed to Separated by providing supporting documentation such as a Separation and Settlement Agreement, a Complaint for divorce filed in court, or a decree of separation. If these documents are not available, the staff can also provide a notarized affidavit affirming the date of its separation. Marital status will be changed effective the date the staff member informs the HR center of the separation and provides the required supporting documentation. This effective date will be used when processing (or canceling) benefits. See below for more information on how benefits could be affected.

Visa Services & Dependent Work Authorization
Eligibility for G4 visa and dependent work authorization valid during a separation. The G4 spouse may remain the U.S. on the G4 visa after the date of the decree and has a 30-day grace period to apply for a new visa status or depart the U.S. The HR Center Visas Services staff can answer additional questions you may have. More information is available on the HR Web page G4 Visas & Dependent Work Authorization.

Benefits
In the case of separation, certain Fund benefits may no longer be available to the separated spouse, and others may require your action to change enrollments and/or continue benefits coverage.

Resettlement Benefit Eligibility Description Action Required
Resettlement All staff and contractuals eligible for resettlement benefits The separated spouse may receive, travel, resettlement allowance, and shipment of personal effects to any approved destination. Travel may take place within 1 year of separation

 

Insurance Benefit Eligibility Description Action Required
Medical Benefits Plan All plan members Coverage will continue throughout the period of separation.

 

You may not drop your separated spouse from coverage without proof of alternative coverage.

None, if coverage continues. If not, proof of alternative coverage.
Group Life Insurance If ex-spouse was covered prior to divorce Coverage can continue on an individual basis by ex-spouse Within 90 days following loss of coverage

 

 

Expatriate and Tax Benefits Eligibility Description Action Required
Home Leave All expatriate staff members A separated spouse will qualify for home leave benefits one time after the separation if (i) the separation has been for a period of less than two years as of the date of the staff member’s submission of an Application for Home Leave Benefits; and (ii) as long as spouse is not residing in your home country. You will continue to receive benefits for eligible children, if applicable. Update Dependent data
Education Allowance All expatriate staff currently receiving education allowances You will continue to receive benefits for eligible children, if applicable. None
Spouse & Child Allowance All staff members currently receiving benefits at time of separation Allowances for ex-spouse cease at time of separation. You may receive allowances for eligible children, if applicable. Update dependent data and inform HR Center.
Tax Allowance All U.S. citizen taxpayers If you receive a tax allowance from the Fund, you need to update your tax allowance in HR Web after your change in dependents has been recognized by the Fund. If you do not receive a tax allowance, you may consider adjusting your withholdings based on the change in your family status. Within 31 days (recommended)

 

Retirement Benefits Eligibility Description Action Required
Staff Retirement Plan (SRP) All SRP participants The SRP normally does not recognize a separation agreement as a divorce. Therefore, the spouse is still entitled to the surviving spouse’s pension under the plan. The participant may appeal to the SRP Administration Committee and request to be treated as single, but must obtain consent of the spouse in writing to give up the spouse pension. Contact the SRP team.
Voluntary Savings Plan (VSP) All VSP participants The VSP administrator handles court orders relating to separation. Contact the plan administrator.

 

Other Benefits Eligibility Description Action Required
Spouse Travel Points If receiving spouse points at the time of separation All spouse points are suspended and reactivated if/when reconciliation occurs. Update dependent data

 

Services
The staff and its separated spouse will continue to benefit from the following services, if it so choose.

Spouse/Partner Career Counselling
Family Consultation Service
Education Consultant
Long term care

C. ENDING DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP

Visa Services & Dependent Work Authorization

Eligibility for G4 visa and dependent work authorization ends at the time the staff member notifies the Fund that the separation is permanent and that the partner is no longer a member of the household and/or there is a court order for legal separation. The G4 spouse and dependents (if not legally adopted by the staff member) may not reenter the U.S. on the G4 visa after the date of the decree and has a 60-day grace period to adjust visa status or depart the U.S. The IMF Visa Services Office can answer additional questions you may have. More information is available on     

Benefits

In the case of termination of domestic partnership, certain Fund benefits may no longer be available to the partner or his/her dependents, others require your action to change enrollments and/or continue benefits coverage.

 

 

Resettlement Benefit Eligibility Description Action Required
Resettlement All staff and contractual eligible for resettlement benefits The separated partner and his/her dependents may receive, travel, resettlement allowance, and shipment of personal effects to any approved destination Travel must take place within 1 year of separation

 

 

Insurance Benefit Eligibility Description Action Required
Medical Benefits Plan All plan members Coverage will continue until the end of the month in which the partnership ends.

 

The separated partner and his/her are dependents are entitled in own right to elect coverage under the extension option for up to 36 months.

Notify the HR Center within 31 days of termination of the partnership.

 

Extension option must be received by MBP administrator within 60 days following termination of coverage.

Group Life Insurance If partner was covered prior to divorce Coverage can continue on an  individual basis by partner Within 90 days following loss of coverage
Long term care If partner was covered prior to divorce Coverage can be continued on a direct bill basis to partner Contact program administrator within 31 days (recommended)

 

 

Expatriate and Tax Benefits Eligibility Description Action Required
Home Leave All expatriate staff members Home leave benefits for partner and his/her dependents cease. You will continue to receive benefits for eligible children, if applicable. None
Education Allowance All expatriate staff currently receiving education allowances Education allowances will cease for dependents of partner. You will continue to receive benefits for eligible children, if applicable. None
Spouse & Child Allowance All staff members currently receiving benefits at the time of divorce Allowances for ex-spouse cease at the time of termination of the partnership. Dependent data must be updated in HR Web
Tax Allowance All U.S. citizen taxpayers Domestic partners are not recognized by the IRS for tax purposes. However, if you have claimed your partner’s dependents as a head of household, you may need to update your withholdings. Within 31 days (recommended)

 

     

Retirement Benefits Eligibility Description Action Required
Staff Retirement Plan (SRP) All SRP participants The SRP  permits a participant, retired participant, domestic partner or former domestic partner who is party to court proceedings to bring a request to the SRP Administration Committee, asking that the court order or approved settlement agreement, which requires that the domestic partner or child support payments be made from SRP benefits, be given effect. If accepted by the committee, benefit payments from the SRP would be redirected to the domestic partner or former domestic partner at the time of retirement.

 

Payments cease in the event of the death of either party.

 

You may update your beneficiary information for the Staff Retirement Plan.

Contact the SRP Team within 31 days (recommended)
Contractual Retirement Plan CERP All CERP participants The CERP administrator handles court ordered former domestic partner benefits. Contact the Plan administrator

 

Other Benefits Eligibility Description Action Required
Spouse Travel Points If receiving spouse points at the time of the divorce All spouse points are cancelled At the time of termination

 

Services
The staff and its separated spouse will continue to benefit from the following services if they so choose.

  • Family Consultation Service
  • Education Consultant

 

Spouse’s Access to salary and benefits information of the staff:

The staff has the choice to grant or not access to salary and benefits information to the spouse in his/her Intranet profile.

If the spouse needs access to that information she/he should contact the IMF HR Center at

HR Center
Walk-In Service
HQ 2, 5th Floor, West Elevators
9:00-4:00 EST
Monday-Friday

By email: Hrcenter@imf.org or by phone (202) 623 7383

The spouse can also copy IMFFA: Nathalie Fischer (Chair for family support, domestic abuse, divorce and counselling) at Felix_nathalie@hotmail.com to ensure that the query is answered in a timely manner or in case of the problem.

If the Fund has appropriate authorization from the staff member for release of salary and benefit information, the spouse will, upon request, be provided with the following information, as applicable: allowances for staff assigned to Fund overseas offices; appointment/resettlement benefits and allowances; education allowance; Group Life Insurance; home leave; Medical Benefits Plan; resident representative benefits and allowances; salary; salary advances; separation grant; spouse and child allowances; spouse travel on points; Staff Retirement Plan benefits; and Workers’ Compensation benefits.

If the Fund does not have appropriate authorization from the staff (which means that the staff has refused to share that information with his/her spouse), the spouse will need a court order to obtain that information.

Disclosure of Information Pursuant to a Court Order

Without waiving its immunities, the Fund will cooperate voluntarily with orders from courts and other judicial authorities in the context of a bona fide divorce or child support proceeding (as verified by LEG) that request information pertaining to a current or former employee. The information provided by the Fund pursuant to a court order will be limited to the following items:

  1. The staff member’s net salary, gross compensation (if applicable), and accrued separation grant (if applicable);
  1. The staff member’s accrued Staff Retirement Plan (SRP) benefit as of the date of the request and, if applicable, any outstanding directions concerning payments to former spouses; and
  1. the identity of the staff member’s designated beneficiaries, if any, for purposes of SRP death benefits and life insurance benefits.

Similar information will be provided for contractual employees. In the event that a court order or request is received regarding a retiree, the information disclosed will include the retiree’s actual SRP benefit. In each instance, the respective staff member, contractual employee, or retiree will be informed of the action taken by the Fund.

Disclosure of Information Pursuant to the Authorization of the Director of HRD

In cases of high or medium risk of suspected domestic abuse as assessed by the Fund’s domestic abuse prevention professionals and the recommendation of the Fundwide Committee on the Prevention of Domestic Abuse and Workplace Violence, the Director of HRD can override a staff member’s lack of consent to release salary and benefits information, and authorize the release of the information set forth in 8.6.1 to a spouse.