What are Divorced Spousal Benefits?

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | Jan 27, 2017 | Divorced Spousal Benefits

A person may receive benefits as a divorced spouse on a former spouse’s Social Security record, if he or she was married to the former spouse for at least ten years, is at least 62 years of age, is unmarried, and is not entilted to a higher Social Security benefit on his or her own record. In addition, the former spouse must be entitled to receive his or her own retirement or disability benefit.

A person can receive benefits as a surviving divorced spouse on the Social Security record of a former spouse who died fully insured, if he or she is at least 60 years old (or 50 years old if disabled), was married to the former spouse for at least 10 years, and is not entitled to a higher Social Security benefit on his or her own record.

In addition, the benefits paid to a divorced spouse or surviving divorced spouse will not affect the benefit amount paid to other family members who receive benefits on the same record.

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