Divorced Widow(er) Benefits

If My Ex-Husband Dies Before My Present Husband Could I File For Survivor Benefits On His Record?

I am 60 and presently married for the 2nd time. My ex-husband was a CEO and had substantial income particularly at the end of his career (in excess of $1 million a year). I was married to my ex-husband for over 10 years and have now been divorced from him for over 15 years. I plan to apply for reduced benefits under my account at age 62 -- my PIA is 1350. Then to apply at age 64 for excess spousal benefits (once my husband [PIA 2900] has begun receiving his benefits -- he plans to file for benefits at age 65).

Can My Mother Also Draw Benefits From Another Husband's Record?

My 86 yr old mother was married 3 times. For a number of years, she has been drawing SS spousal benefits from her 2nd husband. Can she also draw SS spousal benefits from her 3rd husband (my dad). They were married for more than 10 years when they divorced and he is now deceased.

My dad was also a veteran of 2 wars. He was drawing VA benefits when he died. Is my mother eligible for any veterans benefits because of his service? Thank you.


If My Ex-Husband Dies Will I Be Able To Collect Social Security On His Record?

Hi Larry,

I was married to my ex-husband for 22 years. I remarried, but that marriage ended after just 7 years. I started collecting SSDI at the age of 62-63, but now since I’m 65 years old I’m receiving regular social security. My ex-husband who I was married to for 22 years and is 63 years old is in ill health. He is in the process of applying for SSDI, but if denied he will start collecting his regular social security sometime this year.

Does This Change My Situation?

Category: Divorced Widow(er) Benefits - Denise
Apr 17 2018 - 3:40pm

Thank you for your quick response - it is much appreciated. I was probably not as clear as I should have been.
To confirm, my Ex-husband turned 62 years old on 1/24/16 and he passed on 2/19/16 prior to receiving his first social security check. Does this change the situation? and would i only be entitled to half of his benefit at age 62?

Thank you again!


Is The Information I Received From Social Security Correct?

Hi Larry,

My ex-husband whom I was married to for over 19 years passed away in February 2016. He turned 62 in January of the year he passed. Since I was his caretaker I helped him sign up for Age 62 SS benefits 3-4 months prior to his 62nd birthday. Unfortunately, he passed away at 62 prior to receiving his first benefit check.

When Is The Earliest Time That I Can Apply For Divorced Widow's Benefits?

Hello, my husband and I were married in 2002, divorced in 2014, and he recently and suddenly passed away in 2017, and before he turned age 50. I will be 57 in 2018. I have read I am eligible for "divorced widow" benefits. When is the earliest time I can apply for these benefits, and what is the amount I can expect to receive? I am currently working full-time, my retirement benefit is projected to be $2778 at Full Retirement Age of 67 but I am seriously considering quitting my job this year, 2018, and if I work at all, will likely be earning maybe $25,000 a year.

Why Can't I Receive Benefits On My Deceased First Husband's Record?

I staid home raised my children then went to work part time i don't qualify for soc sec benefits not enough credits and don't qualify on my soc. sec. I was married to him 17&1/2 years he passed away 8 years ago .I have been remarried for 25 years . I'm 64 my husband is 60 I receive nothing in social security but a foreigner can marry an american citizen and collect on there spousals soc.sec.

Is This Correct?

Hi Larry,
Am I ever glad I found you. Here is my current situation. I was married for 28 years and was a stay at home mom. We did divorce 20 years ago, and he remarried. I am not married. I will be FRA, 66, on June 19 this year. I am working but have not paid in a lot to build my SS, but I have been trying. My benefit would be about $700.00 a month. It was my intention to see if I could collect on my ex husband's earnings when I applied for SS. I was waiting for FRA because I didn't want to worry about any potential earnings penalties.