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Can I Collect Social Security Benefits From Two Ex-Spouses? Skip to content

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I was widowed from my first husband and divorced from my second. Can I claim benefits on either one's record?

En español | Once divorced, you will be able to collect benefits from either your first or second husband. You must generally have been married at least nine months for a marriage that ended in death.  You must have been married at least 10 years if the marriage ended in divorce. Social Security will give you a benefit based on whichever spouse's earnings provides the highest payment.

Published October 10, 2018

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