Divorce or Separation

Information: Life events disclaimer

The following material is intended to provide you with information about some of the common types of change in employment situations and the effects it will have on your employment.

The following information is designed to help you understand your options and responsibilities with respect to your divorce or separation from your spouse or from your common-law relationship.

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What is a common-law relationship?

A common-law relationship exists when, for a continuous period of at least one year, an employee has lived with and continues to live with a person who they publicly represent to be his/her spouse.

What benefits might be affected as a result of my divorce or separation from my spouse or common-law relationship?

You may wish to review your current coverage under your insurance plans and make any necessary changes as required. In addition, you will need to notify the Public Service Pension Centre of your divorce or separation and provide them with a copy of your divorce decree, separation document or a written statement that you are no longer in a common-law relationship with a previously named partner. The Pension and benefits site contains additional information about the effects of your divorce or separation on your insurance and pension benefits.

Who should I notify of my divorce or separation?

You are responsible for updating your profile in PeopleSoft with your change of marital status, and if applicable, any changes to your name, address and next of kin. In addition, you will be required to send a written notification to the Pay Centre of your marital status changes.

Pension and benefits site contains information about the process you should follow in the event of your divorce or separation.

Are there other sources that I should notify of my divorce or separation?

Other sources you may want to notify of your divorce or separation are any insurance companies in order to change beneficiary information.

What process should I follow to have my name changed on my payments?

The Pay Centre will take action within 10 days of receiving your written notice to have your name changed on your payments.

What process should I follow to update my address?

You are responsible for updating your profile in PeopleSoft with your change of address. If your change of address includes a change in province of residence you will be required to send a written request to the Pay Centre to affect the change for appropriate Income Tax deductions to be withheld from your pay.

How should I proceed in changing my direct deposit information?

If as a result of your marriage or common-law status you are changing your bank or bank account, you will need to send a completed direct deposit enrolment request (accessible only on the Government of Canada network) to the Pay Centre along with the completed pay action request form.

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