Skip to main content
Non-financial boards have been closed.

Non-financial boards have been closed but will continue to be accessible in read-only form. If you're disappointed, we understand. Thank you for being an active participant in this community. We have more community features in development that we look forward to sharing soon. | The Motley Fool Community
Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
No. of Recommendations: 0
I started making a list of relatives, friends and acquaintances who take/will take the 50% benefit, but it all comes down to one of two things:

+ Spouses of high earners (executives, doctors/dentists, professors), who worked part-time, intermittently, or at much lower-earning endeavors.

+ Women (and a few men) not reporting their income, or not reporting all of it, and planning to get their spousal 50% when their spouses retire.

But the majority of couples I know my age and younger have comparable incomes, many like my husband and me where the lower earner makes/made 1/2-3/4 as much as the higher earner. And as I and others can attest, that's enough for your own benefit to exceed the 50% spousal benefit, even with time off to raise children/care for elders/go to school.

Among the spouses of comparable income, most women were out of the work force longer to go to college than when they were at home with small children.
Print the post  


When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.