Monday, December 14, 2009

Social security will pay off multiple divorcees


Here’s a social security benefits wrinkle I haven’t covered before, probably because of lack of “personal relevance.” Past multiple wives (or husbands), because of divorce, can file when the wage earning spouse reaches 62 can file for social security benefits on the spouse’s earnings record, without jeopardizing a current spouse’s benefits. There are a couple of caveats: the marriage has to have at least ten years, the divorce must have occurred at least two years ago, and the collecting spouse must not have remarried. The earning spouse does not have to have filed fort benefits.

Yup, heterosexuals can double dip (or multiple dip). Life isn’t fair, is it? This sounds like another “argument for gay marriage” that gay activists have missed.

The facts appear on p 37 of the December 2009 AARP Bulletin, in the “Ask the Experts: Your AARP” column.

Here's SSA's own web reference.

And, Okay, I'm finding the AARP reference online now, URL link (Mon. late PM) here. The AARP print version is a little more expansive.

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