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Marriages end, but that doesn’t erase the financial contributions both partners made to the match. That’s why Social Security includes benefit options for divorced spouses.
If you and your ex were married for at least 10 years, you may be able to claim a form of spousal benefit on his or her earnings record. In this section of the AARP Social Security Resource Center, you’ll find details on:
Q: Am I entitled to my ex-spouse's Social Security?
Q: I was married to the same person twice, for seven years then for five years. Can I collect ex-spousal benefits, since the total is more than 10 years?
Q: Can a non-U.S. citizen receive ex-spousal benefits?
Q: I'm getting divorced. My husband wants the settlement agreement to say I cannot get ex-spousal benefits. Is that legal?
Q: Can I get an estimate of the Social Security I can collect on my ex-spouse's record?
Q: I'm receiving survivor benefits on my late husband's record. Can I switch to spousal benefits on my ex-husband's record?
Q: How can I find out if a former spouse is collecting Social Security benefits on my record?
Q: When I turn 62, can I collect a spousal benefit on my ex-spouse's Social Security record and then switch to my own benefit at full retirement age?
Q: I was widowed from my first husband and divorced from my second. Can I claim benefits on either one's record?
Q: Do my ex-spousal benefits decrease what my ex-husband and his new wife get from Social Security?
Q: Can i collect Social Security from my ex-husband if I remarry?
Q: Can I collect Social Security as a divorced spouse if my ex-spouse remarries?
Q: If my former spouse remarried and later dies, who is eligible for his Social Security benefits?
Q: Can I collect Social Security survivor benefits if my former spouse dies?
Q: Can I collect Social Security survivor benefits as a divorced spouse and wait to claim my own retirement benefit?
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