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Old 12-16-2015, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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He could have numerous wives throughout his life. If he stayed married to them for 10 years before divorce and none of the ex wives remarried then all of them can get SS from him when he dies or when they reach eligibility age. And it's not divvied up either...all get full benefits.
No wonder the system is going broke.
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Old 12-16-2015, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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No wonder the system is going broke.
Society changed but the SS laws didn't regarding divorce.
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:45 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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I don't think someone is a widow if they had an ex-husband pass away.
While they may not technically be "the" widow, there is a benefit for the "Worker's Surviving Divorced Spouses"

See https://www.ssa.gov/planners/survivors/ifyou3.html
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Old 12-16-2015, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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No wonder the system is going broke.
Not really. It sounds extreme but I don't know of one instance where a deceased wage earner had more than two spouses (two ex's or one ex and current spouse) that were entitled to survivor's benefits. In general, folks that have married three times tend not to stay married the full ten years with each spouse. Also, many of the first marriages never make it to ten years. In addition, most folks are entitled to retirement benefits on their own record and you can't draw both retirement and survivor's benefits at the same time.
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Old 12-16-2015, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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No wonder the system is going broke.

My sentiments exactly.

Before they reduce one cent of the benefit of those who worked and earned it, they can jettison these dependent benefits.

I've had it with these spousal schemes,.er....strategies, too.
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Old 12-16-2015, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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I don't think someone is a widow if they had an ex-husband pass away.
For government purposes, in some cases, yes.
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Old 12-16-2015, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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He could have numerous wives throughout his life. If he stayed married to them for 10 years before divorce and none of the ex wives remarried then all of them can get SS from him when he dies or when they reach eligibility age. And it's not divvied up either...all get full benefits.
Same thing for a woman married 3 times...SOME women do make more than men....
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