Social Security Divorced Spouse Benefit

 

 

 

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After Divorce, You May Have Rights on Your Spouse

In my experience, divorcees are woefully uninformed about their right to receive benefits based on their ex-spouse’s record—even if you have remarried!

There are the two key rules for qualification: (1) You were married for ten or more years, and (2) you remain unmarried or got remarried after age 60.

If this is the case, then the two extra benefits—for survivors and for spouse benefits—apply to you as well. It doesn’t matter if your ex-spouse has remarried or not.

In one way, this benefit is even better for you: You can get the spouse claim benefit, even if your ex-spouse has not yet started to collect any benefit. Not so for the current spouse of your ex: They have to wait for that filing to collect a spouse benefit.

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