The Moneyologist: My friend divorced a millionaire TV executive. Is she entitled to his Social Security?

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Dear Moneyologist,

I am writing on behalf of a friend of mine, who did not know she was eligible to file Social Security based on her ex-husband’s income. My best friend has been divorced for many years from a very successful television executive.

She raised the kids, helped him on his path to make millions, and she was forced to go to work for the first time in her life at the age of 50. She is also worried that he will find out and be mad, or vindictive. As I understand it, he doesn’t even need to know.

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