Who is an eligible dependent?

I am getting married next year - do I have to wait until I'm married before I can use my FSA funds on my spouse or step child?
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  • Yes, generally you do have to wait until you are married before you can use your FSA funds for you spouse and/or step child (see exception below).

    If your future spouse/step child fall under the definition of a qualifying relative you could use your FSA funds for them prior to getting married.

    In order to be a qualifying relative the following must be met:
    1) You must provide over half of their support (shelter, food, clothing, etc).
    2) They must have the same principle abode as you and be a member of your household (by living with you) for the taxable year in which you use your FSA funds to cover their eligible medical expenses.
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