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Divorced Spousal Benefits

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

Am I Getting The Run Around?

I'm going to be 62 in April and currently collect a small non government pension of $813 monthly which was reduced because I had to take it early due to my ex husband deciding to leave for someone else after 40 yrs of marriage.. I had not worked for the past 5 yrs and was not prepared for for the devastating financial loss. It was a high conflict divorce and I took a higher loss. The constant stress has wreaked havoc on my physical and mental health.

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 06:04

Did My Marriage Last For 10 Years?

I was married in October 20, 1973 and the marriage was dissolved on 10/6/1983 but the decree becomes finally effective is 11/06/83. Is that considered 10 years

Hi. Yes. A marriage remains in effect until the divorce becomes final, so it sounds like your marriage lasted for more than 10 years.

Best, Jerry

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 09:18

Can I Get Social Security?

I was married for more than 10 years to a military member can I get socia security ?

Hi. The only way that you could get divorced spousal benefits from a living ex-spouse's record is if they are either collecting Social Security retirement or disability benefits, or if they are at least age 62. You would also need to be unmarried and be at least age 62 or have an eligible child in your care (

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 16:20
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