Divorced Spousal Benefits

Does My Ex's Benefit Have To Be Double My Benefit For Me To Collect On His Record?

Does my exspouse's benefit have to be double my benefit for me to collect ,the appropriate percentage from him upon my retirement? We were married 15 yrs and I will be 62 this coming May.


Yes, assuming that your ex is living, his full retirement age benefit rate (PIA) would have to be at least twice as much as your PIA in order for you to potentially qualify for divorced spousal benefits.

Best, Jerry

Can I Receive A Spousal Benefit Now?

I am 60 and receive SSI. My x husband (we were married 20 years) is 64 and still working. Can I receive spousal ss now? Can I received both because I am disabled?


No, unless you have an eligible child in your care you must be at least age 62 in order to potentially qualify for divorced spousal benefits. And, if you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), your SSI payments will likely be offset roughly dollar for dollar by your divorced spousal benefit.

Best, Jerry

How Can I Find Out What My Ex Is Receiving?

I’m 57 im on permanent SSDI for 2 yrs now at maximum amount based on my earnings. I was married 26 yrs divorced 11 yrs not remarried - my x turns 65 tomorrow.
1 how and when can I find out when he starts collecting SS ?
2 can I collect spousal SS while on SSDI? If so at what age? Can I find out if I have higher earnings or if does? He has been a CEO for the last 10 yrs since we divorced and guessing he has had higher earnings than me these last 10 yrs.
if I’m entitled does it reduce my SSDI at all or is it on top?
When would I apply?

Shouldn't I Be Able To Get Divorced Spousal Benefits Sooner If I'm Disabled?

I was married for 23 years. I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis during my marriage, but never applied for disability because my husband made a very good income. I have been divorced for 12 years, and have been living in poverty because I cannot work full time. After a three year battle, I was granted SSD last year, but it is only $182 a month because I didn’t work for 25 years of marriage. Shouldn’t I be able to get spousal benefits because I am disabled and it was his income I depended on all those years? I will be 59 next month. He is 56 today. I have never remarried.

Can I Collect Divorced Spousal Benefits At 62 And Later Get An Unreduced Divorced Widow's Benefit?

I was married 30+ years, I do not have my own ss benefits to collect. If I collect divorced spousal ss at age 62 and my ex dies, if I wait until my fra to collect divorced widow benefits would I receive 100% of my ex's fra ss? Also, if he collects early, will my ss be based on his fra since we are divorced?


Can I Get Benefits On My Ex-Spouse's Record If I Remarried After Becoming Disabled?

Dear Larry,
I was married for over 25 years when I became disabled. I was under age 50 at that time. I was divorced, remained single for a number years, and remarried 6 years ago. My ex-husband is approaching retirement age. I have read that that if I became disabled before age 50 I could draw on my ex's social security if it was higher than mine, even if I remarried. Do you have a definitive answer? I appreciate any help you can give me.
Thank you,

Hi Robin,

Will My Social Security Go Up When My Ex-Wife Starts Receiving Benefits?

iam 66 and started my ss retirement in july.i was married for18 years.my ex wife is 53yrs.when she starts receiving her ss retirement will my benefit increase?


If you do qualify for divorced spousal benefits when your wife files for her benefits, you wouldn't start getting them automatically. You would need to file a claim in order to potentially become entitled to divorced spousal benefits. And, you will only qualify for divorced spousal benefits if 50% of your ex-wife's full retirement age rate (PIA) is higher than your own PIA.

Can My Husband And I Still Receive Divorced Spousal Benefits?

Dear Larry, My current husband and I have been married for 4 years and are both eligible for ex-spousal SS benefits as of March 2018. My question is under the rule, RS 00202.045 Remarriage of a Divorced Spouse - Policy is it necessary for us to divorce each other in order to qualify for the ex-spousal benefit or will the Social Security Administration make an exception since we are both entitled to that benefit? If it is necessary we will divorce now and remarry at a later time ashe difference in benefit amounts is substantial. Thanks for all of your help. Linda