I know of some elderly who are happily married and enjoying retirement, except that they would retain more of their retirement if they were divorced and living togther. Any truth to this?
HA...I think Mercat will say YES!
I don’t think so but it is possible. If say, the wife never worked, she might get more social security if she divorced the husband. I would never advise it since it would put her at risk going forward if husband decides to leave her but I suppose with the right agreement and estate plan it could be done. In Kansas however they would be common law married which could complicate things. There probably are people doing this. I did have a case once where the wife wanted to take care of a seriously disabled man but could not receive state aid for doing so since she was his wife. She divorced him, set up a separate address at the home, and continued living there.