Can A Woman Who Remarried But Is Now Divorced Collect Benefits On The Record Of A Prior Spouse?

Jan 11 2019 - 10:05am

If a women was married for 10 years and has since gotten divorced and remarried 2 more times and only the initial marriage lasted 10 years and she's currently divorced can she collect a spousal benefit (whether restricted or because it would be more than her own benefit) on her first husband where it was the only marriage that lasted 10 years?
Thank you

Hi,

Yes, assuming that she meets the other requirements for divorced spousal benefits (https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/handbook/handbook.03/handbook-0311.html). Subsequent marriages that have ended in death or divorce do not disqualify a person from potentially qualifying for benefits on the record of a previous spouse.

Best, Jerry