Social security law makes provisions for divorced spouses by allowing them to collect a portion of their former mate’s social security benefits, provided they have been married more than ten years. This is terrific for both parties as it does not deduct the amount paid to the former spouse from the larger wage earner’s payment. In effect, a divorced couple jointly receives more than the same couple would, were they still married.
I became aware through Daniel Clement’s New York Divorce blog (a super resource) of some very tragic circumstances which have caused some folks to divorce and then live together in order to maximize their benefits.
Now, call me cynical, but I bet this happens occasionally for not so tragic reasons as well.