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Can I Collect Social Security From My Ex-Spouse If I Remarry? Skip to content

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Can I collect Social Security from my ex-husband if I remarry?

En español | If your ex-husband (or ex-wife) is still alive, probably not. You cannot claim spousal benefits tied to a living former mate if you are married. If you began drawing divorced-spouse benefits when you were single but then remarry, those benefits will be terminated (except as noted below). You are required to report changes in marital status to Social Security.

If your ex-spouse is deceased, you can remarry and continue collecting survivor benefits on his or her earnings record, as long as you were 60 or older when you remarried (50 or older if you are disabled). 

Keep in mind

  • There are limited circumstances in which remarrying does not terminate benefits you collect on the record of a living former spouse. One is if you remarry that former spouse. The other is if your new spouse is receiving certain types of Social Security benefits, specifically:
    • Survivor benefits.
    • Divorced-spouse benefits.
    • Childhood disability benefits (benefits an adult who was disabled before reaching age 22 continues to receive on a parent’s work record).

Published October 10, 2018

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