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En español | 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 married and divorced the same person twice. Can I collect ex-spousal benefits if the marriages lasted more than 10 years total?
Q: Can a non-U.S. citizen receive ex-spousal benefits?
Q: I'm getting divorced. My spouse wants the settlement 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: Can I collect Social Security as a divorced spouse and wait to claim my own retirement benefit?
Q: Does my divorced-spouse benefit decrease what my ex gets from Social Security?
Q: How can I find out if a former spouse is collecting Social Security benefits on my record?
Q: Will remarrying reduce my Social Security benefits?
Q: Can I collect Social Security from my ex-spouse if I remarry?
Q: Can I collect Social Security as a divorced spouse if my ex-spouse remarries?
Q: Can I collect Social Security survivor benefits when my ex-spouse dies?
Q: When someone who was married more than once dies, who is eligible for their Social Security benefits?
Q: I was widowed from my first spouse and divorced from my second. Can I claim benefits on either one's record?
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