If I Get Divorced Can I Collect On My Late Husband's Record?

Apr 18 2018 - 7:43am

I was married to my late husband for 19 years. I remarried before I was 60 years old. If I divorce now, can I collect on my late husband's social security? And if I did divorce and collect on my late husband's social security, could I ever remarry and continue to collect ?


Yes, if you get divorced it sounds like you could potentially qualify for widow's benefits on your prior deceased husband's record provided that you meet the other requirements for entitlement: https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/handbook/handbook.04/handbook-0401.html. And yes, if you remarry after age 60 your marriage would not affect your ability to receive widow's benefits based on a previous spouse's record.

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Best, Jerry