By Jennifer M. Paine
Does your wife get half of your Social Security when you retire?
After all, she gets half of everything else you earned during your marriage, right? As I've explained in my articles on "The Truth To Common Divorce Rumors," everything really does not mean everything (not gifts, inheritances, passive appreciation, etc.), and this is particularly true for Social Security.
As a matter of federal law, your wife may receive Social Security based on your earnings, but not half of yours.