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Divorced Spousal Benefits

What Documentation Does Social Security Use To Determine When A Marriage Ended In Divorce?

This question concerns the 10 year marriage requirement for an ex-spouse to receive benefits. If a divorce agreement was signed by both parties in year nine of marriage, but the divorce was never recorded with the court or certified by a judge, did the marriage technically end in divorce? Both filed taxes as single after year nine, and neither remarried. What documentation does Social Security use to determine when or if the marriage ended in divorce?

Monday, July 26, 2021 - 19:25

Are Both Spouse's Earnings Records Used When Calculating Benefits For An Ex-Spouse?

In calculating benefits for an ex spouse; are both earnings records of the two spouses used in calculating the monthly payments , or is only one used? For example if 50% of the ex spouses benefit amount is more than the PIA on the primary claimants earnings record, is the final payment calculated based on both earnings records,( ie. .$ 400 monthly on the primary claimants record and $75 from the ex spouses earnings record, for a total of $475.)?

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 10:07

Do I Have To Wait Until Age 62 To Get SS From My Ex-Spouse Even If I'm Disabled?

I've been on disability since 2009. My question is do I have to wait until 62 to get the ex spouse SS benefits since I'm disabled? I'm 60 now. If I live in another country, do I have to be in the US to file for it? If I understand, I can get the ex-spouse benifit OR mine,but not both? I thought a certain percentage would be added to my disability.
Thank you for your time,

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 16:08

Could My Ex-Husband Still Get Survivor Benefits From My Record If We Divorced After Living Together For Seven Years?

Dear Larry. I recently divorced my husband and we've only been living together for 7 yrs. My question is since we're divorced can he still get some of my social security income if my ssi is more than his. I worked more years than he has. He always got fired from his job and even though we're divorced, if something happens to me can he claim widows pension off of me. Thank you.

Hi. No. Neither you or your ex-husband could qualify for benefits on each other's accounts if you weren't married for at least 10 years before divorcing.

Best, Jerry

Monday, June 28, 2021 - 21:17
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