Can I Collect Divorced Spouse's Benefits?

Jul 1 2016 - 9:45am

Beginning 9.1.16 I with come off State of Az. Disability. I will then begin collecting $374.00 Az state retirement. I want to apply for SS as well. I will be 64 in 11.16.
My ex is still alive, and i was married over 10 years. Can. I collect on his SS first, letting my SS build until I'm 66 then begin collecting on my own benefits?
PLEASE HELP...MY APPT. IS IN EARLY JULY WITH SS!! :-) And I do need all the income i can get. The SS admin. Denied my disability request and my appeal.

Oops! My ex Husband will be 66 in August...he has said he is receiving benefits and working as well...
PLEASE ...ATTACH THIS TO MY REQUEST OF JUST MOMENTS AGO !!

Julia,
Since your Ex-husband has already filed for his retirement benefit, then you can start receiving a reduced divorced spouse's benefit. Yes, you can delay your retirement benefit until age 66 or even age 70 to earn delayed retirement credits, which would increase your benefit by 32%.
Best,
Mike