I am 66 and have been collecting Social Security since age 62. Can I collect S.S. from my ex since I was married for 30 years. He is age 72 and was a carpenter so I know he gets much more s.s. than I.
I called S.S. office in Mt. Vernon, IL and they told me since I started getting SS. at age 62 I could not use my ex because I should have waited to age 65.
Maybe. If yiu waited until you were 65 to start benefits, you would be entitled to receive your ex spousal benefit which would be one half of your ex. And that one half may be more than what you now receive. But since you started collecting at 62, that one half is now further reduced by 30 percent as the early SS penalty. So unless the one half less 30 percent is more than what you get now on your own, you are better off by continuing to receive your own benefit. Hope this was not too confusing. Be well. Best regards XXXXX XXXXX am glad to help. Please be so kind as to click the GREEN accept button as I do not get paid for my assistance unless you accept. A bonus and and positive feedback are also appreciated. An ACCEPT also assures that I can assist you again. I wish you the best in the future. Thanks.
34 plus years of SSD practice