Q. I think my ex-wife qualifies for a Social Security benefit based on my earnings. We were married for 15 years. Will a benefit to my ex-wife reduce the benefit for my current wife?
A. Not to worry. Your current wife’s benefits are unaffected no matter how many ex-wives are eligible to collect on your record.
If your previous marriage lasted at least 10 years, you’ve been divorced for at least two years, and your ex-wife is at least 62 years old and hasn’t remarried, she can collect a benefit based on your work record as soon as you’re eligible for Social Security, even if you haven’t yet filed for it. She is also entitled to a widow’s benefit.
For more information, go to www.ssa.gov/retire2/yourdivspouse.htm.
Source: The Social Security Administration