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Divorced Spousal Benefits

How Do I Claim Any Of My Ex-Husband's Social Security And Proceeds From The Sale Of His Business?

My ex went into his own automotive shop he is retireing in 3weeks I haven’t remarried. And I am on sis disability. He remarried he just sold his bessness and is retireing how do I clam any of this am I intitle to any of of his retirement and sis and the bessness he sold
Thank you

Hi Kathy,

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 11:01

Do I Qualify For My Ex-Husaband's Social Security?

I was married 6 days short of 10 years. My husband decided he didn't want divorced and moved home the same week. The judge said we had a year to change our mind. Do I qualify for his social security benefits?


It doesn't sound like you would. You'd need to have been married for at least 10 years to the day to qualify for divorced spousal benefits. So, if you didn't change your mind about staying married and your divorce was final anytime prior to your 10th anniversary, then you likely won't qualify.

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 08:31

Shouldn't I Be Getting A Higher Benefit Rate?

NEED ANSWER QUICK. MUST SEND REQUEST TO SSA BY 6/24!!!! Divorced Nov. 2018 after 60 years of marriage. (Not remarried) Ex receives maximum SS benefits based on his work record. I receive exactly what I received when married (with cola $740 / month) and was told that is all I'm entitled to because I started taking my benefits at 62. This doesn't seem right, considering all my years of marriage, during which my husband didn't want me to work. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE RESPOND ASAP. Thanks in advance, Phyllis

Hi Phyllis,

Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 15:26

Can't You Get Remarried After Getting Your Ex-Spousal SS Benefits?

Can't you get remarried after getting your ex spouse ssa benefit


If your ex is still living, then the answer is almost always no. Divorced spousal benefits terminate if the beneficiary remarries, unless they marry someone who is also receiving certain types of Social Security auxiliary or survivor benefits (

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 11:00

Can I Collect On My Ex-Husband's Record When He Starts Collecting At Age 62?

Hi Larry im turning 60 in August. My X husband turns 62 this October I have not remarried but he has my question is when he starts collecting at age 62 can I collect off of his social security I am collecting Social Security Disability at this time. We were married for 16 years. Thank you Lori

Hi Lori,

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 08:19
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