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1. Can My mother get any social security benefits since they have been divorced and he eventually remarried.
Since their marriage lasted at least 10 years, and if mom does not remarry, she can can receive benefits based on dad's employment record (even if he remarries) if:
mom is age 62 or older;
the benefit that mom is entitled to receive based on her own work is less than the benefit she would receive based on dad's work; and
dad is in fact entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits.
2. Can he just offer life rights to the house to offer his new friend some support without signing over everything?
Yes, he and his friend can own the home as a life estate with the remainderman passing to mom or her children upon the end of dad's or friend's life; whoever lives longer. So they can live there or rent it out till the end of their lives but then the property passes to the remainderman.