Can I Collect Widow's Benefits from My First Husband?

Jun 30 2016 - 11:30am

Exactly 1 day after our 8th wedding anniversary my husband was killed in the line of duty. He was in law-enforcement, I received surviving spouses Social Security benefits until I remarried six years later. I was married for almost 25 years to husband number two. In December of 2015 we were officially divorced. I am nearing my six month before I turn 60, when I turn 60 can I reapply for again my Sosa security due to my first husband's death. I have not earned enough on my own to get My own Social Security benefits. Now that I am divorced from second husband when would I be eligible for his so security disability if I am turning down for first husband's survivors benefit? I hope this makes sense to you . I turn 60 February 1, 2017. Thank you Dee

Dee,
Yes, you can reapply for widow's benefits off of your first husband's record when you turn 60 years and 1 month, however they will be reduced if you take them before your full retirement age. You can switch to divorced spouse's benefits off of your second husband's record as soon as both of you are age 62 years and 1 month of age.

Best,
Mike