Divorced Spousal Benefits

Does Filing For Divorced Spouse's Benefits Preclude Us from Delaying Our Retirement Benefit Until Age 70?

My husband (67) and I (62 in 3/17) have both worked and are both entitled to social security on our own. My husband has not yet filed. We were both married to our ex-spouses for over 10 years and both ex-spouses are already at full retirement age, although neither has yet filed. If we both file in March 2017 for divorced spousal benefits, does this preclude use from filing for our own benefits when we turn 70, respectively?

Can I Collect Divorced Spoual Benefits?

Can I collect spousal benefits at 65 from ex-husband (was married for 20 yrs.)? Im not re-married. Hes not re-married. He is already collecting SSecurity. He started collecting at 62. Can I collect half of what hes getting now or not cuz he collected early?


It sounds like you'd be potentially eligible for divorced spousal benefits, but please refer to this page on Social Security's website for more information: https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/divspouse.html.

Can I Get Benefits On My Ex-Wife's Record?

I was married to my x-wife for fourteen years. I am currently 65 and have been on social security when I turned 6
Am I allowed to claim part my x-wife social security she was she her birthday was 3/31/ 1952.
What is the correct answer?


Hi Dennis,

Some of your question got cut off, so I'll assume that you're currently receiving reduced retirement benefits on your own record and that your ex-wife is still living.

Revised Answer: Is My Remarried Ex Eligible to Receive Divorced Spouse's Benefits?

My ex and I were married for 22 years, and divorced we 10 years ago; I am 64 and he is 63. While I never remarried, he did so at age 62. Is he eligible to receive divorced spousal benefits on my record? I'm not sure he knows about this benefit, and I want to inform him if he is eligible. I intend to file a restricted application for my divorced spousal benefits at my FRA.

He is not eligible for divorced spouse's benefits since he is remarried.

Should I Wait To Apply For Divorced Spousal Benefits?

My ex's AIME should rise markedly over the next decade or two. Would that be a reason to delay claiming my divorced spouse benefits? Once I've begun claiming, will my benefits rise if his PIA rises further? Does the answer change if I outlive him, and switch to survivor's benefits? While his current highest-earning 35 years include decades with no or low earnings, he recently began earning over $200K and probably will for another 15-20 years. I'll likely retire before him, as he's younger and has a new family to support.

Does My 'Common Law Marriage' Count For Social Security Purposes?

My husband and I were in a "common-law marriage for 24 years before we were married by the JP. We have been married for a total of 28yrs. We recently filed for divorce which was granted in January. Since he is only 55 but declared disabled due to elective surgery he is collecting disability retirement. I have since turned 62 and become eligible for retirement social security. My question is, do I get credit for the years of common-law marriage and can I collect spousal benefits in addition to my social security since we were in a committed relationship for 28yrs?

Does My Ex Have to File and Suspend For Me to Collect Spousal Benefits On His Work Record?


I'm 67, female and had to take social security age 62 as I was unemployed and divorced after 23 year marriage. My ex spouse is 3 years younger, age 64 , male. He is single. My question after visiting social security in April is can I ask my divorced spouse to apply and suspend so that I may be entitled to a portion of his higher earnings record now?

Yours, Carol

Can Both Spouses Get Divorced Spouse's Benefits?

Two spouses were married ten years and both have long work histories. If they divorce, can both of them collect a divorced spouse benefit from the FRA until age 70? I believe this could add up to more than $50,000 each! And the couple would also get the advantage of single (or possibly single head-of-household) tax status.

Does your software calculate the benefit of divorce?

Will My Benefits Be Withheld Due To My Ex's Debts?

My ex-husband whom I was married to for 11 years has some kind of a lean on his SS payments where they take almost half. He told me he would be in his 80's before it was taken off his payments. If I were to apply for his benefits instead of mine or my current spouse would I have that lean on it too until it's paid off? His initial benefits were much more than mine.