Divorced Spousal Benefits

Would My Boyfriend's Ex-Wife Be Able To Get Any Of His Social Security If I Marry Him?

Hi Larry, I've been with my boyfriend 19 years now, he was married before he meant me for 19 years and has been divorced for 19 years . My question is, if I marry him will his ex wife be able to get any of his social security benefits/ retirement? Or would i be able to ( I guess you would say draw off of it)?


How Long Can You Be Divorced And Still Restart The 10 Year Marriage Clock By Remarrying?

This is NOT a software question but rather a rules questions.
How long can you be divorced before it is too late to "restart the clock" towards the 10 years necessary to qualify on the benefits of a divorced spouse? If you are married 9 years then divorced for two days then married for a year can you still get benefits? how about if divorrced for 1 month before remarying for a year ? 6 monthss then remarried for a year? When is the line that produces an irrevocable reset of the term?
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Can My Ex-Wife Get Any Of My Benefits While I'm Alive?

I am now 66 and collect SS and disability of about $2,500 per month. My ex wife is now 61 and still working likely making over $150k per year. We have been divorced for years but we never remarried. We we only married 13 years. My question is can she ever get any of my benefit while alive, can I get any of her benefit at this time, and can I remarry to make sure my benefit doesn't go to Uncle Sam in the event of my death as I have cancer. Thank you.


I'm sorry to hear about your illness.

When Can I Take Advantage Of Spousal Benefits?

I just turned 62 in December 2018 and filed for early SS for $761 per month. I got my 40 credits in when I was young. I became a Minister and stopped paying into SS for 30+ years, thus the low SS amount. I have been married for 22 years to a wonderful breadwinner the entire marriage. However, 1) I became disabled and couldn't work 8 years ago and could not qualify for SSDI (disability) for not paying SS for the previous 5 years. 2) Separated 4 years ago and haven't had an income since thus forced into early retirement.

Can A Woman Who Remarried But Is Now Divorced Collect Benefits On The Record Of A Prior Spouse?

If a women was married for 10 years and has since gotten divorced and remarried 2 more times and only the initial marriage lasted 10 years and she's currently divorced can she collect a spousal benefit (whether restricted or because it would be more than her own benefit) on her first husband where it was the only marriage that lasted 10 years?
Thank you


Do You Lose Your Divorced Spousal Benefits If You Marry Someone Who Isn't Drawing Social Security Benefits?

I've been doing some SS consulting for friends (pro bono) and recently helped a number of divorced people collect spousal benefits on their ex spouse (restricted application). I was under the impression that if you re-married you would lose those divorced spousal benefits. Now I read that if your new spouse is collecting on someone else's record that you can keep your divorced spousal benefits. That seems odd to me. What happens if your new spouse say is 68 and hasn't started collecting their retirement benefits as of yet and is not collecting on anyone else's record.

Is There Any Way Around Having To Obtain My Ex-Wife's Birth Certificate?

Hi Larry - I loved your book on How to Get Yours... - incredibly informative and useful!
One issue I've run into that was not mentioned is this:
I'm FRA 66 and trying to apply for my ex-spouse's benefit (she's 64). Social Security is telling me I have to provide a certified copy of her Birth Certificate from New Jersey in order to prove her age.
She is not co-operating by returning the NJ form that permits me to get the certified birth certificate and NJ says I need a court order.