Social Security Questions? Ask a Social Security Expert
Hello, and thanks for your Social Security question.
I am not certain what you are asking about? Is it about the death benefit itself?
Or are you asking about a retirement benefit for divorced persons?
When I retired, I had an appointment with SS person who told me that I had earned too much to receive benefits f
rom my divorced and the only amount that would come due was the death benefit. Recently my ex husband told my son that I could be receiving something from his ss because we had been married more than 10 years. Thought I would check it out!
Well, let's start with the basics. How old are you currently? and did you remarry since the time you divorced the man in question?
I am 75 and no I have remained single. He remarried.
When did you have this "meeting" with the SS person?
I'm assuming you worked for a good number of years yourself?
YES, enough to earn too much to receive ss from his ss. 26 yrs all total before 65 and several more beyond.
The retirement benefits program is designed so that you are eligible for a retirement benefit based upon the GREATER of the benefit based on your work record or HALF of the benefit of your former spouse.
That's all you are entitled to. You cannot get any other benefit.
Divorced persons do not get any "extra" benefits.
Well, I didn't think so, but telling my son that there was more was ODD and behooved me to check it out. By the way, I do have alimony that continues. Thank you for info and confirmation.