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Divorced Spousal Benefits

How Do I Get Divorced Spousal Benefits?

Hi Larry, I am 56 yrs old and been on SSDI since 2010 . Previously, in 2001, I got divorced ( we were married 17 yrs.) He is about to retire this year ( he'll be 67) If I was married more than 10 yrs to him , how do I get the divorced spouse amount ? ( He always made alot more the I have ( I was mostly raising 4 children the whole marriage )
Right now I receive $890 a month on SSDI . I'm hoping that I qualify somehow for much more one day. He always made at least $60k plus a year
Thank you for a response and stay safe, Jennifer

Hi Jennifer,

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 17:46

Can I Get Benefits For Past Years When I Was 59 To 62?

I started collecting on ex husbands as. He was 100 % disabled for 30 + years while we were married. He is now deceased. I was told since he was disables that I could of started at age 59. I am now 67. Can I get the time from age 59 to 62 back played ?


The answer to your question is no. You must file an application in order to qualify for benefits, and if you filed now you couldn't claim benefits retroactively for more than 6 months.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 10:27

Am I Missing Something?

In my divorce settlement it was calculated by the judge that I will receive $2,000 from SS per month at age 62 (I am forced to take it at 62 as required by the decree). My former husband has paid the maximum over the last 10+ years. I will be 62 in 2028. And I am assured that this SS at 62 for 2,000 combined with another 1,000 by my ex, that I will receive, at minimum, 3,000 per month. Since this is all that I can expect to live on, this is quite important to me. I was completely dependent on him as I stayed home to raise our kids.

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 08:07

When Can I Draw On My Ex-Husband?

I am have been divorce a few years.I was married for 15yrs.Iam 55 I am on ssi/disability when can I draw on my ex husband ssi.


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs based benefit administered by Social Security, and it doesn't pay any benefits to family members or divorced spouses of the person receiving SSI.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 10:31

If I Don't Remarry Will I Be Able To Collect A Divorced Spousal Benefit In Addition To My Own Benefit?

In 2016 I ended my 30-year marriage. I was born in 1961 and continue to work; he was born in 1958 continues to draw SSI due to late onset blindness, although he worked more than 40 quarters before collecting SSI.


If I don't remarry, will I be allowed to collect a spousal benefit at age 66 and 10 months, in addition to my Social Security retirement benefit?

Same question but what if I wait until I'm 70 or 72?

What if I begin collecting SS Retirement at age 66 and 10 months, but remarry shortly thereafter?

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 14:34

When Can I Possibly Start To Receive Any Ex-Spousal Benefits?

I am 60 yrs old currently receiving SS Disability and wanted find out if I am eligible for Social Security Benefits although my ex husband hasn’t retired yet and is still working at 68. When can I possibly start to receive any ex-spousal benefits? We were married 6 yrs. Am I eligible for anything and if so do wait until he actually retires?
Thank you


Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 06:15

Shouldn't I Be Able To Get Benefits To Help Take Care Of My Daughter?

My husband divorced me after 28yrs we were married:( My question is my daughter hasnt graduated yet but did turn 18 on 01/02/2020 and my direct deposit from childsupport office stopped even though I presented her transcript showing she was in virtual homeschool program, she is disabled and I want to reapply for ss benefits so as to help us financially survive shouldn't I be able to get benefits for help to take care of her?

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 10:00

Does My Ex-Wife Continue Receiving The Money She Got Before Our Divorce?

I am on disability, my children receive benefits, my ex wife does as well. Social security agent told me she got caretaker benefits no spousal. I got divorced last year and was granted full custody of the children. I am now their representative payee. Does my ex wife continue receiving the money she got before? Or does she lose the benefits and the amount she was getting split and given to my 2 children?


Monday, March 30, 2020 - 08:22

Why Was I Not Allowed To Take Social Security Off Of My Ex-Husband?

Hi! I went into the Social Security office in April 2015 at age 63. I specifically asked the representative if I could collect off of my ex-spouses SS since we had been married over 10 years. She told me that because he was on SS disability I did not qualify to receive any monies from his SS. I ended up having to take an early retirement because of health issues and 3 years later was SS disability for myself.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 06:05
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