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Divorced Spousal Benefits

Can I Claim Spouse Support Now At Age 57?

Hi Larry!! I was married for 34 years when my ex wanted a divorce so we have been separated now for 5 years. We both was and still on SSDI. He is just now filling for a divorce because he says he may be getting married. I’m single and have no intention on getting remarried. I’m 57 now can I claim spouse support now or do I have to wait till my divorce is finalized?? I really could use the money.

Monday, December 6, 2021 - 08:40

Can I Claim Divorced Spousal Benefits For Six Months Prior To My Filing Date?

Good afternoon. I have your older edition of "Get what is yours". Great book. I have recently filed a restricted application against my ex-spouse's account. The app was approved and during that process, I was told that I could file a retroactive claim to 12/1/2020. When I spoke with SSA this past Monday, (they actually called me!) I think what I was told is that the claim could only go back to when she filed for benefits in July.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 17:03

Am I Eligible To Collect Benefits From Both Of My Ex's?

Larry - I have had two marriages that lasted 10.5 years each - not planned that way but just happened! Both ended in divorce and I am not remarried. My ex's are both retired and collecting social security. My first ex served 21 years in the military while we were married. My second ex receives social security and disability. I understand that I am not eligible for receipt of any of his disability benefits - nor would I want to. I turned 67 in October and am also eligible for full retirement but to my own accord choose to continue to work until I turn 70.

Friday, November 12, 2021 - 16:40

Can My Mother Collect Benefits Based On Her Living Ex-Spouse's Record?

Mother married for 20 years then divorced then remarried another man then widowed . Can she collect based of her living ex spouses record (first marriage) she is currently 74 and collecting on her own record since she made more than her deceased 2nd husband.

Hi. Possibly. Subsequent marriages don't bar a person from being able to qualify for divorced spousal benefits on a former spouse's record, provided that the subsequent marriage(s) has ended in death or divorce.

Saturday, October 30, 2021 - 17:11

Can I Collect My Ex-Spouse's Social Security Even If He's Only Age 56 And Hasn't Applied For Benefits?

I want to retire at 65 in march 2022..I am divorced. Was married from 1993-2016. My ex is 8 yrs younger making him 56 yrs old now. Will I be able to collect his social security even though he has not applied for his own being he is not at retirement age?

Hi. No. As long as your ex-spouse is still living, the only way that you could potentially qualify for divorced spousal benefits is if your ex is either at least age 62, or if he's drawing Social Security retirement or disability benefits.

Best, Jerry

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 13:56

Am I Able To Draw SS On My First Husband After A Period Of Time After Divorcing My Second Husband?

Hi Larry, I'm 62 and in process of getting a divorce. This is my second (and last!) marriage. My question is- am I able to draw SS on my first husband after a period of time post divorce? My SS will only be $900 a month but I will probably start soon because I'm having medical issues but from what I've heard, it may be possible to transition to his later on. We were married 11 years. I've only been legally married to my current husband for 4 years although we've lived together for nine.
Hope you can clarify this for me!


Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 13:28

Do I Have To Wait Until My Ex-Spouse Turns 62 To Apply For Benefits From Him?

I turned 62 on oct 31, 2020, i filed for ss 3 months before my birthday, i qualify to get my ex husbands ss when he turns 62 on feb 2, 2022. His is substantially more than mine. My question is, do i have to wait until he turns 62, or can i apply 3 months before like i could with my own ss?

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 08:36
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