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Divorced Spousal Benefits

Is There An Exception To The Ten Year Rule When Diagnosed With A Major Disease?

Question: Receiving ex spouses social Security benefits. Is there a way to have an exception to the 10 year rule when diagnosed with a major Disease during the marriage then becoming disabled because of it?

Hi. No, there are no exceptions to the 10-year duration of marriage requirement for divorced spousal benefits.

Best, Jerry

Posted: 
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 09:59

Can I Draw Off Of My Ex-Husband's Record If We Were Married For Seven Years?

Can I draw off of my ex husband being married for seven years?

Hi. The only way that you could qualify for benefits from the Social Security account of an ex-spouse from whom you were divorced and married to for less than 10 years is if your ex-spouse is deceased and if you have a child in your care who qualifies for child benefits on your ex's record and who's either under age 16 or disabled.

Best, Jerry

Posted: 
Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 20:05

Could My Child And I Be Drawing Off Of My Ex-Spouse's Account?

I been disabled for over 20 years and receiving SSDI, on my account, my ex husband and I divorced almost 2 years ago and he’s still working at the age of 57 almost 32 years at this job. We have one minor child left at home That I have custody of age 16. Is there some benefits we could be drawing off of the ex spouses account we could be receiving and how do we go about it? Thanks

Posted: 
Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 19:49

Am I Entitled To Receive Any Of My First Husband's Social Security Benefits?

I was married over 30 years before divorcing. I later remarried but my second husband died after 3 years of marriage. My first husband also remarried but his marriage ended in divorce after 2 years.
My first husband is yet living as is his second wife. We are all in our 80’s.
Am I entitled to collect any of my first husband’s social security benefits? I was not awarded anything in the divorce.

Posted: 
Saturday, April 10, 2021 - 12:39

Will My Benefit Rate Be Reduced Because My Ex-Husband Is Younger Than Me?

Hi Larry, I'm ten years older than my ex-husband of twenty years and I'm starting to file for retirement benefits. I'm getting conflicting information about how much my spousal benefit should be since my ex-husband is not retirement age. Will my benefit be reduced due to my ex-husband not being at full retirement age? Thanks, Vickie

Posted: 
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 12:33

What Is The Truth About When I Can Draw From My Ex-Husband's Social Security?

I am confused about when to take ss… My ex-husband is 7 months younger than me and the ss agent said I can’t take my half of his ss until he is 66 and 4 months… is it possible for me to take early benefits on my ss then switch to his? What is the truth about when I am eligible to take his? I don’t trust to ss agent’s advise - when I called she seemed to not understand my questions…

Posted: 
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 07:00

When I Reach Full Retirement Age Should I Withdraw My Own Benefit And Claim Benefits On My Ex-Husband's Record?

I am 65 and have been divorced for many years after a 20 year marriage. I believe it was at 62 that I went on social security disability. When I reach my full retirement age at 66 and x months do I withdraw my own benefit and claim a benefit on my ex husband's record? He made a lot more money than I ever did.

Thank you

Posted: 
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 10:11
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