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How Divorce Affects Retirement Planning and Social Security Claims

By Nottage and Ward on March 25, 2011

A recent article in The Los Angeles Times discussed the affect divorce and re-marrying can have on retirement planning and claiming Social Security benefits. For 72 percent of retirees that are unmarried, many due to divorce, Social Security is the primary source of income. Understanding the basics of spousal and survival benefits can help those who are divorced avoid making costly errors.

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