Social Security Benefits for the Divorced - Yahoo! News: "Why 'Independently Entitled Divorced Spouse' Benefits?
The benefit made sense in our world with its high divorce rate. With a divorce rate more than 50 percent , the chances are one out of two that a woman will be retiring without the company of the man she married. That was the case with Ellen.
Ellen had married, raised children, held a job for many years and was now considering early retirement at age 62. After divorcing, Ellen had made the decision not to remarry."