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Subject: Re: OT: On Fixing Social Security Date: 6/21/2004 1:52 PM
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Keep in mind that currently, if a person marries 3 times, each time for the required minimum period, to a person who NEVER works, each of these (non-working) persons is entitled to 50% of the working persons SS bennies--that's 150% of the benefit! Surely some re-thinking has to be done in areas such as this--I use this situation only as an example (but I do know ex-wives who are benefitting from this provision).

Reforming this won't be popular though. I believe the British state pension system already has this limitation in place... only the first wife can collect on the husband's pension record. Not subsequent ones. I'm not well up on the provisions admittedly, as this doesn't apply to me... neither my husband nor I have exes lying around in our past. However, my father has been married 3 times. When my first stepmother divorced him, I think she was pretty pi**ed that she wasn't able to claim half his state pension as his first wife (my mother) was already claiming that. She'll have to wait for my mother to kick the bucket before she can claim on his pensions record.

And Americans divorce at a higher rate than Brits I believe. Can you imagine all the outraged 2nd and 3rd wives?
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