All mid-life divorces require some time and attention to details regarding social security benefits available to former spouses. I routinely advise my older clients that a spouse may collect social security benefits based upon a former spouse's earnings record provided that certain requirements are met. The most basic of those requirements is that the marriage was of at least ten years duration. Interestingly, when a former spouse does obtain benefits based upon a spouse's higher earnings record, that doesn't affect the former spouse's SS benefit by a penny.
But how many people don't protect themselves and lose a lot of benefits they could have had if they'd only learned more about their potential?