Divorced Widow(er) Benefits

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.

Could I Draw Benefits Off Of My First Spouse If I Divorce My Second Spouse?

i WAS MARRIED 21 YEARS TO MY FIRST SPOUSE HE DIED IN DECEMBER i REMARRIED AND HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR AT LEAST 20. I HAVEN'T LIVED WITH MY SECOND SPOUSE FOR THE LAST 4 YEARS. IF I DIVORCE MY SECOND SPOUSE CAN I DRAW BENEFITS OFF OF THE FIRST SPOUSE. MY SECOND SPOUSE WAS YOUNGER THAN ME AND I WOULDN'T DRAW HALF THE AMOUNT THAT WOULD COME FROM MY FIRST SPOUSE.

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If I Die After Reaching Age 70 Will My Ex-Wife Receive The Full Amount That I Was Receiving?

My ex wife to be and I have been married 10 years. She is 67 and started Soc Sec disability at age 54 in 2004. I filed and suspended my benefits in 2014 at age 66 and then she received spousal benefits at age 64. I will begin receiving my Soc Sec benefits in May 2018 at age 70. If I die after May 2018 will she receive what I was receiving at the time of my death?

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Does The Increase In My Survivor Benefit Rate Mean That The Reduction I Took No Longer Applies?

I received my own disability in 2009 at age 57. In 2012, I applied for and received reduced divorced widow benefit at the age of 60. I reach my FRA, 66, this month, March 2018. SSA just sent me a letter notifying me that my survivor amount will increase beginning in March by $318 per month. Does this mean the 28.5% reduction I had been receiving no longer applies after FRA? Is this because I took this at age 60? Is there an option available to me to maximize my benefit at age 70? Will Social Security inform me of maximum benefit options?

Hi,

Would My Ex-Wife Get My Age 70 Rate Or My Age 66 Rate If I Die?

My question is regarding survivor benefits for my ex wife in the case where we have both delayed taking our own benefit until after age 70. We were married more than 10 years and remain single. I took half spousal on her work record from my age 66 to 70 and am now collecting my own max benefit of $3,630/mo. That's about 35% higher than if I had started collecting $2,713/mo at age 66. That's a common strategy. She is 4 years younger and is also collecting half spousal on me until she reaches age 70 when her maximized benefit would reach about $2,500/mo figuring in inflation.

Can I Collect Survivor Benefits On My Ex's Record Even If His Benefit Is Smaller Than Mine?

Can I collect survivor's divorced benefit off my ex husband even if his benefit is smaller than mine at age 66. I plan on working and would like my benefit to grow and switch to mine at age 70. I would like to work until I am 75 ....we will see.
If the above is not possible, would it be to my advantage to collect at full retirement age 66.4 ..$1654 per month or wait till I am 70 and collect $2287 per month. I most likely will break even when I am 79....I am in great health, will live long:)
Doreen

Hi Doreen,