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Divorce

As a result of your divorce, there may be actions you will want to take to update your personal and financial records. To assist you, the staff of the Employee Service Center has compiled this list of actions you may want to consider. All items listed may not pertain to your individual situation, nor may all actions you should consider be included.

Please keep copies of any confirmation e-mails you receive or forms you submit for your personal records. Feel free to call us at 301-517-8100 if you have questions or require assistance.

Note: Forms and online submissions through the Benefits Enrollment System (BES) need to be received by ERSC by the 20th of the month to be processed for the current month. If changes are received after the 20th, the change will be processed with an effective date of the following month.

Example:
Forms and BES online submissions received by September 20 are processed with October 1 effective date.
Forms and BES online submissions received after September 20 but before October 20 are processed with November 1 effective date.

Change of Name, Address, and Phone Number
Check box graphicComplete MCPS Form 445-1: Change in Personal Information.
Check box graphicIf you are changing your name, attach a copy of the legal document. (Divorce paper if returning to maiden name.)
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Income Tax Withholding
Check box graphicAdjust Your Income Tax Withholding by visiting the Employee Self-Service web page and clicking on My W-4 under the green My Pay banner.

Check box graphicLog in using your MCPS username and password and follow the on-screen instructions.

Note: Changing an address does not change state and local jurisdictions for income tax withholding. You may also want to examine your dependents and filing status.

Update Direct Deposit Account
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Health Insurance
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 box graphicTo cancel your former spouse's coverage, visit the Employee Self-Service (ESS) web page and select Benefits enrollment/changes due to qualifying life event. Log in to the Benefits Enrollment System and follow the on-screen instructions.

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Update Life Insurance Beneficiary
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Cancel Optional Dependent Life
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Update Flexible Spending Account for Dependent Care or Medical Expenses
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Retirement Benefits
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Update Retirement System Beneficiary: State/County
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Update 403(b) or 457(b) (Defined Contribution Plans) Beneficiary(ries)

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MCPS Identification Card
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Parking Registration

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E-mail Name
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Note: Name must be changed in the Shared Services Center records first. ID doesn’t change, just name as it appears on mail.


Others
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