Divorced Widow(er) Benefits

Could Anything Be Done To Prevent My Mother's Ex-Husband From Getting Benefits On Her Record?

Mother died of cancer a 2 yrs. ago. She had no will, but made her adult daughter 'power of attorney'. Mother was divorced from step-father for 6 yrs. They had been married 10 yrs.! Step-father immediately started collecting dead ex-wife's social security.
1.. Would it have made a difference if mother had a will to challenge his actions?
2. Does the natural born daughter (power of attorney) have any legal rights to her mother's social security? The mother would not have wanted this to happen!

Can I Switch To Drawing Survivor Benefits On My Ex-Husband's Record?

My ex spouse and I divorced in 2003, after more than 10 years of marriage. I began receiving social security disability on or right around that time. He never remarried. I remarried in 2013 and my husband died 364 days later. I began receiving survivor benefits after his death. My ex husband also passed away in 2015, after receiving on one SS retirement check. Can I change which spouse I receive the survivor benefits on,as my ex had considerable more income. Thank you Larry for any assistance you can provide me. Donna

Hi Donna,

How Should The RIB-LIM Formula Be Applied In My Case?

My ex-husband recently passed away. I meet the qualifications for a divorced survivor benefit. He claimed benefits about 6 month prior to his FRA at age 65. I am 64, will be 65 next month, June of 2017. When I requested an estimate of benefits I was told the RIB LIM formula would be applied and the results were 82.5% of his full PIA. The figure I was given was $2243 and was advised this was the highest possible no matter when I apply.

Does A Surviving Ex-Spouse Receive Credit For The Deceased Worker's Delayed Retirement Credits?

Hi Larry,
I know ex-spouse social security benefit payment do NOT include delayed credits, but do ex-spouse SURVIVOR benefits include the delay credit amount ?
Thank You


Potentially, yes. In other words, if the deceased worker earned delayed retirement credits (DRC) for deferring their entitlement past full retirement age, those DRC's would be used in calculating the benefit rate of a surviving divorced spouse drawing on that record.

Best, Jerry

When Can I Get Benefits On My Deceased Ex-Husband's Record?

Hello, My ex-husband and I were married for 25 years when we divorced 5 years ago. He was on total disability due to illness and recently just passed away. I am not re-married, am 55 years old and work full time. What are my options with his disability benefits? Can I apply for them now or at a later date? Thank you for any guidance. Kathie

Hi Kathie,

Am I Able To File For Widow's Benefits On My Ex-Husband's Record?

My ex-husband just passed away. We were married 18 years before divorcing. I remarried, and he passed away after being married only 5 days. I will be 62 this year and disabled. Am I able to file for Widows benefits under my first husband? Should I also file for early retirement? I have worked all my life up until the last two years when I became disabled.


Can My Mother Receive Benefits On My Father's Record?

My mother is 81 years old, lives in Queens NY, married my father in Freeport NY 1961. My parents separated approximately in 1992, my father moved to Hamlet NC. My parents officially divorced in 2004. My father remarried in 2006. While still married to his 2nd wife my father passed away on February 29th 2016. Can my mother, his ex wife collect my father's SS since they were married for so many years? My mother his 1st wife began collecting SS when she was 65.