Of all the issues related to Social Security, few are as complicated as the rules surrounding marriage, divorce, and remarriage. In fact, if you weren't careful about reading them, you'd be excused for thinking that some people are able to double up on their spousal benefits.

The confusion stems from how the Social Security Administration handles spousal benefits following a divorce. Namely, so long as you were married for at least 10 years to a former spouse, then you're entitled to Social Security benefits based on their work history.

With this in mind, it doesn't take much imagination to see how someone could qualify for spousal benefits from multiple prior marriages, all of which lasted 10 years or longer. But as Motley Fool contributor John Maxfield discusses in the video below, this doesn't mean you can double up on benefits. It instead merely gives you an option of which spousal benefits to choose.

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