I am divorced after being married for 12 years. He is remarrying. Do I qualify for spousal social security benefits?

I do not see myself marrying again.

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Answered by Darius Slade, Health Services & Management in Richland, WA
Hello Anonymous,

With 10 yrs or more of marriage, a spouse is eligible for spousal benefits. If you are eligible for social security retirement under your own work history, but your benefit amount is less than what you'd receive under your former spouse's record, you will get the greater amount regardless of his marital status.

I recommend you contact SSA via its website at ssa.gov or call 800.772.1213 and get details about your benefits.

I hope my response was helpful and thank you for reaching out to Moneytips.com.

Good luck,
Darius | 03.02.16 @ 09:24
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$commenter.renderDisplayableName() — {comment} | 12.02.16 @ 22:22
Answered by Robert Henderson, AAMS® CDFA® in Mystic, CT
In addition to what Darius said, I would add that even if you DID get married again, it would not affect your right to claim a spousal Social Security benefit. It also does not matter if he re-marries. | 03.08.16 @ 19:27
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$commenter.renderDisplayableName() — {comment} | 12.02.16 @ 22:22
Greetings!

Being that you were married for the minimum of 10 years, you would be eligible for Spousal Benefits under his Work record. Also, because you are a divorced spouse, you do not have to wait for him to file for his own benefits in order to receive your spousal benefit. This is the case regardless if HE remarries or not. However, if YOU remarry, you will not be eligible to collect on your former spouse's benefits. | 03.08.16 @ 19:48
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