Divorced Spousal Benefits

What Should I Do Next?

independently divorced spouse benefit, approved, then denied. we divorced 12/2017, I was FRA, she was 7 months shy of FRA. I spoke to someone at SSA who said that because we were both eligible for benefits in the month before divorce, the 2-years divorced waiting period wold not apply, and received an email stating this, so I applied. 3 weeks later when I called I was told application had been approved and should receive a letter shortly.

When Can I Start Collecting Benefits On My Ex-Husband's Record?

I am 62 in September. I was married over 10 years. He is 6 years younger. Can I start collecting off him under spousal benefits? And can I start collecting when I turn 62? Or do I have to wait till he filess for social security before I can collect from him? Do I get to draw from his earning now or just the years I was married to him? Could you please explain ? Thank you , Sabrina

Hi Sabrina,

Can I Collect Anything From My Ex-Husband's Social Security?

i am collecting social security disability. I am 55yrs old. Can i collect anything from my exhusbands social security.


If your ex is living, the earliest that you could potentially qualify for divorced spousal benefits is at age 62. If your ex is deceased, then you may qualify for disabled survivor benefits now if you meet all of the requirements: https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/handbook/handbook.04/handbook-0403.html.

Best, Jerry

Can I Collect On My Husband's Retirement Even Though I Received SSDI?

I started receiving SSDI benefits at age 58; I am now 67 and retired. My husband, who I am in the process of divorcing after 15 years, just retired at age 66. Can I collect on his retirement even though I received SSDI benefits? I was told by a financial advisor that I cannot unless he dies. Please confirm. Thank you.


Can I Draw Spousal Benefits While I'm Still Working?

Is It Possible To Draw Spousal benefits from Social Security based on a 12 year marriage and divorce while I am still working? I am age 67, still working full-time, but planning to collect Social Security Benefits based on my own earnings when I retire.

My Ex is age 63, on disability, and collecting additional spousal benefits based on our 12-year marriage. Although legally divorced in 2011, we still live in the same Condo because she is dealing with advanced Myeloma Cancer.