Very frequently married couples will separate without taking any legal action regarding their relationship. Although remaining married can provide certain benefits, such as continued insurance coverage for a spouse who otherwise would have to pay out-of-pocket, failing to file for divorce can have serious legal consequences. Patricia Eisel of Long Island now knows of those consequences. Patricia and Jamie Eisel had been married for over a decade when Jamie left his wife in 2010. Early this year, before either party had filed for divorce, Patricia won the New York lottery and received a lump-sum of approximately $8 million after taxes.