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Divorced Spousal Benefits

Can I Draw My Divorced Husband's Social Security?

I am divorced can I draw my husband's social security or do I have to wait until he is deceased

Hi. You can't draw your ex-husband's actual benefits, but you might be able to qualify for divorced spousal benefits on his record. Divorced spousal benefits can potentially be paid on the record of either a living or deceased ex-spouse, provided that you meet the requirements.

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 17:27

Do I Qualify For My Ex-Spouse's Social Security?

I. Was married for 10 years got divorce remarried he remarried also I'm I qualify for his social security

Hi. The fact that your ex-spouse has remarried wouldn't have any adverse effect on your ability to qualify for divorced spousal benefits. However, you must be unmarried to potentially be able to qualify for divorced spousal benefits on the record of a living ex-spouse (

Monday, March 15, 2021 - 13:19

Can I Claim My Ex's Social Security?

My ex abandoned our marriage and his step son after 6yrs can I claim his social security

Hi. You must have been married for a minimum of 10 years to be able to qualify for divorced spousal benefits. However, if your ex is deceased and if you have a child in your care who is either under age 16 or disabled, then you may be able to qualify for surviving divorced mother's benefits if your child qualifies for child's benefits on your ex's Social Security record.

Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 08:25

Why Wouldn't My Friend Qualify For Benefits From Her Ex-Husband's Social Security?

Hi Larry

I am asking this question for an elderly friend who is 78 years old. She has been divorced for many years. She has been collecting social security of her own record being 1200.00 per month. Too little to live on. Her ex husband made much more than her in their over 20 yr marriage. She has been told she does not qualify for her ex husbands social security. Why would she not qualify? and if she does how to go about it?
Thanks for any help or advice you can give.


Friday, February 5, 2021 - 12:29

Is My Husband's Ex-Wife Eligible For A Benefit Equal To 50% Of My Husband's Benefit Rate?

My husband and his ex-wife were married 25 years. Following their divorce, at the age of 51, she remarried. Her second marriage lasted 30 years before her husband passed away. She is getting a widows benefit from the 2nd husband's SSA record. Half of my husband's social security is greater than the widows benefit she is getting, but SSA is saying she isn't eligible for it. I'm not confident they are always correct. Is she ineligible? As this is her only income, we would like for her to get as much as possible. Thank you.


Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 10:12

Am I Able To Get Some Of My Ex-Husband's Social Security Benefits?

Hi Larry,
I am recently divorced after being married for 23 years. Will I be able to get some of my ex husbands social security benefits?
Thank you.

Hi Rebecca,

I can't give you a specific answer without additional information about you and your ex-spouse. It sounds like you meet the duration of marriage requirement for divorced spousal benefits, but you would also need to meet the other requirements in order to actually be paid benefits. The basic requirements for divorced spousal benefits are as follows:

Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 11:02

How Can I Make Sure That My Wife Can Collect 50% Of My Benefit If We Divorce?

I may be getting divorced in the near future and wanted to make sure my wife would be able to collect 50% of my present SS benefit which would be more than she gets now. My question is also as she collected her benefit at 62 ( so before FRA ) does that have any impact on the 50% amount? She will be 68/69 when we do divorce.

Thank you


Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 11:24
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