Divorced Spousal Benefits

Does My Ex-Husband Need To Be Drawing His Own Benefits For Me To Get Divorced Spousal Benefits?

Does my ex-husband have to have filed for his own social security benefits before I can file for spousal only benefits? Or am I out of luck if he hasn't filed yet? I will be 66 this November. He just turned 67 but I think that he is still working (don't know for sure). We were married over 10 years and were divorced 30 years ago. I have never remarried. So I think I am grandfathered in on all the other criteria to file for spousal benefits only this year and wait until I am 70 and then file on my own benefits.


Are The Provisions In My Divorce Decree Legal?

On my final decree said that I will have to take ss at 62 so my ex husband can
reduce that amount of the alimony. We went to court for this and the judge
dismiss it. My attorney he is in family law since 1966 and he said he never
saw that on any divorce. Do you think this is a unconstitutional or illegal? If my ex died
at 63, I would end up with a little ss check.

Hi Pilar,

Should I File On My Ex-Husband's Record?

I retired early and began collecting social security at age 62. My ex-husband was able to collect a spousal amount based on my social security, which enabled him to keep working and delay his filing for social security until this month when he turned 70. He now collects $2500 after his medicare insurance, while I collect $1382. Would I be better off claiming on his SS or should I stick to my own? Thanks so much, Linda

Hi Linda,

Will My Benefits Increase When My Ex-Husband Files?

Already collecting spousal Benifits ex getting ready to retire at age 70 will my benefits increase? Also was I entitled to any of pension during marriage he work well over 10 years for Foad Motors


No, your divorced spousal benefit rate will not change when your ex-husband starts drawing his benefits. I don't know if you could be eligible for anything from his pension plan at Ford Motors.

Best, Jerry

Can I Collect Divorced Spousal Benefits Retroactively?

I am 70 years old, divorced, and still working full-time. I satisfied the divorced spousal requirements to collect benefits at age 66 when I went to Social Security to discuss collecting benefits. I was told that my benefits were more than 50% of my former husband's benefits and I, therefore, could not collect on his account. I was not informed that I could collect his for four years, 66-70, and let my benefits maximize to age 70 - I have now begun collecting my benefits at age 70.

When Is The Soonest That I Could Receive Divorced Spousal Benefits?

I am going to be 52 on July 9 this year . Was married in 1991 for 11 years 9 months divorced in 2003. M ex-husband was born on April 1967.

Due to my diagnosis back in 1991 of M.S. i filed for long term disability in 2003, 2003 was a rough year to say the least!!
My question, can I file against my ex-husbands Social Security, if so when is the soonest can I file against it!

He is still working to my knowledge!

Patiently and eagerly await your prompt reply!


Hi Marti,

I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis.

Are Divorced Spousal Benefits Reduced If They're Caring For A Child?

Thank you all very much for helping so many of us navigate SSA waters!

Are divorced spouse child-in-care benefit amounts lower if taken at 62, than if taken at FRA?
Does worker (as in, not the div. spouse providing care) have to attain FRA before divorced spouse can receive child-in-care benefit? (I think the answer is no but I want to be sure.)
What influences child-in-care benefit amounts? (for instance, COLA, etc)


Will I Be Eligible For Divorced Spousal Benefits?

Hello. I am entering divorce agreement negotiations with my second husband of only five years. My first marriage was eleven years. I do not have a pension benefit of my own, working part time in the non-profit sector for only twenty years. I am 58 years old. Am I entitled to draw a divorce spousal benefit from either spouse? If not, I would like to include a loss of this benefit in my negotiations and would like to understand what figure I may have lost by giving up the draw on the first husbands earnings. Both husbands are high wage earners. Thank you, Debbie

What Divorced Spousal Benefits Do I Qualify For?

I haven't seen a question like this one. I was married twice for more than 10 years each--and one x is 81 and one x is 74. Both are drawing SS. I am turning 62 summer of 2017. So, now, if I decided to retire before age 66, I am deemed to do both, my own, and x-spousal, naturally at a reduced rate. So do I get the one who made the most money? And, if I can't take one of theirs and switch to my own after I turn 70--can I take a reduced x-spousal before 66, and then, when I turn 70, switch and get a full from the other?