Breaking up is hard to doA look at 3 cases involving spousal entitlements and the implications for pension plan sponsorsBy Allyson Marta05/20/2013|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/17/2013 For pension plan sponsors, navigating an employee’s relationship status is a potentially costly reality. Often, the plan sponsor is also the plan administrator so it stands in a fiduciary position to plan members. That means it must ensure payments from the pension fund are made only if there are entitlements to benefits under applicable legislation and the terms of the plan.One area of benefit entitlement that poses a particular challenge for plan administrators is the benefit entitlements of spouses and former spouses. This area of pension law has become increasingly complex as relationship breakdowns, cohabitation and remarriages are more common, and the definition of spouse has broadened.Often, more than one person claims to be a member’s spouse or former spouse who may be entitled to a benefit under the plan, and the plan administrator may be party to litigation involving claimants with respect to the pension benefits. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.