Seeing Social Security as Income (Family Advocate, Vol. 32, No. 4, Spring 2010)
Kathleen B. Vetrano
SOCIAL SECURITY IS A SYSTEM OF SOCIAL ENTITLEMENT THAT IS NEITHER WELFARE NOR MEANS-BASED. The Social Security system provides benefits not only during retirement, but also for survivors and dependents in case of death or disability. Although Social Security benefits are not marital property, they constitute income and deserve consideration in a divorce case. Benefits are not only a potential source of child support, spousal support, or alimony—but also may be additional income that lessens...