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How an Ex-Spouse’s Work Record can Influence One’s Benefit Amount

The Social Security rules on spousal benefits in a divorce situation can seem a bit complex, but the basic premise is that divorced spouses can receive a benefit based on their ex-spouses’ work record. And if the ex-spouses’ work record produces a spousal benefit higher than the benefit available to the spouse, the higher benefit is available. This situation is not always recognized by the partners eligible, so it’s important to be aware of the rules that govern the benefit amounts. In a post on by Nerd Wallet’s Liz Weston (click here) provides some background and, if you still have questions regarding your personal situation, you might want to contact the AMAC Foundation’s Social Security Advisory Service for guidance. Click here to learn more about this free service and how to access it.

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