As what lawyers have come to describe as "Grey Divorce" occurs, our elderly clients have concerns about their future income. This is especially true if one of them, typically the wife, hasn't worked much or if, as is true in many cases, her income was lower just because she is a female. That's when we discuss the client's Social Security benefit issues.
On online newsletter published by The Motley Fool is quite thorough in describing the possibility of collecting on the earning record of the other spouse. Written by Todd Campbell (TMFEBCapital), and published on Dec 15, 2016 at 7:21AM, The Motley Fool writes:
When considering the financial implications of divorce, don't forget how divorce impacts your Social Security benefits.
Most divorce-related personal finance questions are associated with financial assets, such as savings accounts and retirement accounts, but increasingly, aging baby boomers are wondering what, if any, impact divorce might have on their Social Security benefits.
Two common questions are: Can I qualify for spousal benefits even though we divorced decades ago? Will my Social Security be reduced if my ex-spouse files a spousal claim on my work record?
To read on to learn more about the relationship between divorce and Social Security, click on this hyperlink: The Motley Fool: Social Security benefits based on your spouse's (or former spouse's) record.