Is My Husband's Ex-Wife Entitled To Divorced Spousal Benefits?

Jan 10 2020 - 11:34am

My husband was married previously for 10 years to a Spanish citizen. They lived in the US for 6 of the 10 years and his first wife had a green card while here. After their divorce in 1980 she returned to Spain. My husband currently takes social security benefits. Is his ex-wife entitled to divorced spousal benefits?

Hi,

It sounds like your husband's ex-wife would likely be eligible for divorced spousal benefits if she's at least age 62 and she hasn't remarried. However, even if your husband's ex qualifies for Social Security benefits on his record it would not affect either your husband's benefits, nor any spousal or survivor benefits for which you may qualify.

Best, Jerry