Whether a couple divorces after two years or 20, determining what assets either party will be privy to years down the road may appear overwhelming at first. For instance, who gets what retirement benefits, and how much? Even Social Security benefits can be up in the air following a Massachusetts divorce.
It is possible to receive certain benefits that an ex-spouse earned during the course of the marriage. However, stipulations apply to some of those benefits, such as Social Security. In order to even claim Social Security benefits from an ex, the couple had to be married for 10 years before divorcing. Otherwise, an individual might have no claim whatsoever.