Overview

UW System extends coverage to domestic partners and partner’s children (who are not also the employee’s dependent children) for the following plans*:

If you want to cover your domestic partner and partner’s children (who are not also your dependent children) under these plans, you must create a domestic partnership for benefit purposes. Your partnership must meet the following requirements:

  • You must both be at least 18 years old and competent to enter into a contract; and
  • Neither of you may be married to, or in a domestic partnership with another person; and
  • Your partnership must not violate Wis. Stats. §765.03, which bars marriage between certain persons based on kinship and divorce; and
  • You must consider yourselves to be members of each other’s immediate family; and
  • You must agree to be responsible for each other’s basic living expenses; and
  • You must share a common residence – any of the following conditions may apply:
    • Only one of you has legal ownership of the residence (if ownership is applicable); or
    • One or both of you have additional residences not shared with the other partner; or
    • One of you leaves the common residence with the intent to return.

In addition, there are also leave benefits that allow you to take time off to care for a seriously ill domestic partner, their child, or their parent.

See Life Events for detailed information about adding your domestic partner and partner’s children to your benefits within 30 days of establishing your UWS domestic partnership.

Creating a Partnership

You may create a UW System domestic partnership by submitting a UW System Affidavit of Domestic Partnership (UWS-50) pdf to your human resources office (see instructions on affidavit).

Note: A UW System domestic partnership cannot be established after the death of the employee or domestic partner.

You should submit benefit applications to add your domestic partner and your partner’s children (who are not also your dependent children) to your coverage at the same time you submit the affidavit.

The effective date of your UW System Domestic Partnership is the date the affidavit is received by your UW institution.

Leave Benefits

Sick Leave

You may use sick leave to care for a domestic partner and/or your partner’s children (who are not also your dependent children) and after the death of the domestic partner or your partner’s children. See Sick Leave for details.

Family & Medical Leave

See Family and Medical Leave for detailed information about the state and federal laws.

Wisconsin Family & Medical Leave (WFMLA)

You can take up to two weeks of job-protected leave per year to care for your domestic partner or your partner’s parent who has a serious health condition.

You can take up to six weeks of job-protected leave within 16 weeks of birth or adoption of a domestic partner’s child.

Federal Family & Medical Leave (FMLA)

You can take up to twelve weeks of job-protected leave per year to care for your domestic partner’s child with a serious health condition and/or after the birth or adoption of your domestic partner’s child.

You must have an in loco parentis relationship to your partner’s child (if not also your dependent child). You stand in loco parentis to a child if you have day-to-day responsibilities relative to the child – no biological or legal relationship to the child is required.

Ending A Domestic Partnership

To end your UW System Domestic Partnership, you or your former domestic partner must submit a UW System Affidavit of Termination of Domestic Partnership (UWS-51) pdf to your human resources office within 30 days of the end of your partnership.

Important:

  • The domestic partnership is ended as of the date your human resources office receives the affidavit.
  • It is the responsibility of the domestic partner submitting the affidavit to notify the other domestic partner that he or she is terminating the domestic partnership.
  • The termination of the UW System Domestic Partnership is irrevocable.
  • Once a UWS Affidavit of Termination of Domestic Partnership (UWS-51) is filed, you cannot enroll a different domestic partner under any benefit plans for at least 6 months.
  • Coverage for your former domestic partner and his/her children (who are not also your dependent children) will end at the end of the month in which the domestic partnership was terminated. However, you will need to take action to remove your former domestic partner and his/her children from your benefit plans. For more information, refer to Life Events.
  • In addition, you may want to update your beneficiary designations. If you named your former domestic partner as a beneficiary, that designation will remain in force until you file a new designation regardless of the changes in your personal situation.

If You Marry Your Domestic Partner

Forms & Resources


last updated: 12/1/2017

 

 

Every effort has been made to ensure this information is current and correct. This page does not guarantee enrollment or the ability to make changes to your benefits.