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Divorced Widow(er) Benefits

Shouldn't I Be Entitled To My Deceased Ex-Spouse's Higher Benefit Amount Instead Of Mine?

Hi Larry, I don't think I phrased my prior question correctly. I am currently drawing social security benefits based on my work record. I am in my 70s. My former spouse who I was married to for more than 10 years recently passed away. I never remarried. I am applying for divorced spousal survival benefits and since he maxed out social security contributions for almost 35 years his social security check is much higher than mine, I believe I am entitled to a benefit amount equal to his higher social security benefit in place of mine.

Thursday, April 27, 2023 - 12:33

Is It True That I Am Not Entitled To My Deceased Ex-Spouse's Full Benefit?

Hi Larry, I was married for more than 10 years to my former husband and never remarried. He recently passed away. I am in my early 70s and have been drawing social security for some time. I am in the process of applying for divorced spousal survivor benefits as he made considerably more money than I did. The social security representative said I am not entitled to his full benefit because he had remarried and only his current wife is entitled to that. That information is counter to any information I can find on their website and other expert sources. Am I wrong?

Thursday, April 27, 2023 - 10:41

When Should My Brother's Ex-Wife Apply For Benefits And What Documents Will She Need?

My brother , DOB August, 1955, passed in May 2022. He had been on disability then social security when he reached FRA at 66+2 months. His ex wife, DOB May, 1957, has not filed for her social security which would be much less than her ex husband’s benefit when he died. They were married longer than 10 years, Her part time income is well below what is allowed to work and receive benefits. What documents will she need as an ex wife and when should she file? Thank you.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023 - 12:26

How Do I Calculate The Amount I Would Receive If I Apply For Survivor Benefits?

I'm trying to determine if the benefit amount given to me during an SSA phone appointment is correct. I'm 60 years old and my ex-husband (married 23 yrs) died in 2021 at age 59. The SSA rep disclosed ex-husband's PIA (full retirement benefit at age 67) =$3245. I was told if I waited until age 67 my survivor benefit would be $2677 (82.5%). It seems this is because my Ex-husband was receiving SSDI (SSA rep wouldn't disclose). My question is: If I take benefit now (age 60yr 11m) using chart of 'Reduced Benefits for Survivor born 1962 or Later' it shows 79.3%.

Sunday, March 5, 2023 - 11:52

Can I Qualify For Benefits As A Surviving Ex-Spouse?

My ex husband and myself lived together for 16 years even filed taxes together and had 4 children, we finally married after 16 years we divorced 9 1/2 years later. He passed away in 2014 can I qualify for benefits for as an ex I have not remarried? Also is there any exception that will include our 16 years prior to marriage as a committed family?

Monday, December 19, 2022 - 13:39

Can Someone Claim Divorced Widower Benefits And Remarry While Allowing Their Own Benefit Amount To Grow?

Hi - thank you for the answers. If I am correct, divorced spouses are not supposed to re-marry to claim ex's benefit.
How does it work in a situation where a surviving divorced widow (husband or wife), the ex passed away. Could he claim the divorced widower benefit on ex's record, and re-marry either before filing a claim or after, while allowing own benefit to grow? Thank you

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 16:16

Is Now The Best Time For Me To Claim Benefits On My Deceased Ex-Spouse's Account?

I purchased your book, Get What’s Yours, but have a question. I became disabled at 52 and receive SSDI. I am now 58 and remain unmarried. My ex-spouse of 10 years was 6 years older than me. He took an early disability retirement prior to my 52’nd birthday. He passed away in April 2022. I originally planned to request my spousal benefit when I turn 62, but now Im confused. I believe his death makes me an ex-spouse survivor and I might be eligible now to claim half of his benefit. Is now the best time? Should I apply and postpone? I’m not sure what to do.

Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 18:35
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