The government can be your friend. Before you seek advice from professionals about your social security benefits and particular tax situations and how they apply to your divorce, do your own research and know what questions to ask.
The Social Security Administration offers some advice about your benefits or potential benefits upon divorce:
Two other comprehensive online guides about SS and divorce are at:
IRS publications go into great detail about tax situations when you divorce. These publications should be read by you while you also consult with a tax professional for specific tax advice that will apply to your divorce. Available publications and forms for the divorced include:
The IRS “LifeCycle” series of documents: See Divorced, Separated or Never-Married Parents
Innocent Spouse Relief re any joint tax returns you’ve filed
Form 8332, which must be signed and filed if you’re divorced and claiming a child as a dependency exemption