As the divorce rate of older couples increases, the impact of Social Security laws is important for each spouse to understand. These benefits may affect spousal support and other issues in a divorce. Having a good knowledge of your benefits and/or your spouse’s benefits can be helpful in negotiations; and this knowledge may need to be shared with the Court if matters are litigated. The Social Security’s website is a wealth of information to help. http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/divspouse.htm is a good place to start; and you can follow links from there.