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Hello. I hope things get better little by little. When was the divorce?
If they were married at least 10 years, the ex may get social security benefits if she is unmarried at the time she is eligible to draw social security.
This is from The Social Security Administration:
If you’re due two benefits, you get the one that pays the higher rate, not both Most women are potentially due two benefits: your own retirement benefit and wife’s benefit on your husband’s record. But you only get the one that pays the higher rate, not both. A wife is due between one-third and one-half of her husband’s Social Security. Most working women who reach retirement age get their own Social Security benefit because it’s more than one-third to one-half of the husband’s rate. But if your husband dies before you, you can apply for the higher widow’s rate. (See number 5 below).4. If you’re divorced and were married at least 10 years, you’re eligible for some of your ex’s Social Security Divorced women married at least 10 years are eligible for Social Security on the exhusband’s record if they are unmarried at the time they become eligible for Social Security. Some women sign divorce decrees relinquishing their rights to Social Security on their ex-husband’s record. If you were married at least 10 years, those clauses in divorce decrees are worthless and are never enforced. Any benefits paid to a divorced spouse DO NOT reduce payments made to the ex or any payments due the ex’s current spouse if he remarried. Generally, the same payment rules apply to divorced wives and widows as to current wives and widows. That means most divorced women collect their own Social Security while the ex is alive, but can apply for higher widow’s rates when he dies.5. When your husband (or ex dies), you’re probably due a widow’s benefit Widows are due between 71 percent (at age 60) and 100 percent (at full retirement age) of what the husband was getting before he died. But we must pay your own retirement benefit first, then supplement it with whatever extra benefits you are due as a widow, to take your Social Security benefit up to the widow’s rate. We also can pay you a $255 one-time death benefit if you were living with your husband when he died. If you made more money than your husband, then he might be due a widower’s benefit on your record if you die before he does.
So the bottom line is that if they were married at least 10 years, and if she is/was unmarried when she begins to get social security benefits, then yes, Byron's ex-wife can get benefits.
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