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I was married -years. Went through a divorce ten years

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I was married for 32-years. Went through a divorce ten years ago. My X wife always made more income than I did. I plan on collecting my social security next year at age 62. I have not remarried. Can I claim part of her social security? She has remarried and is still working.
Cliff Whearley
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  lev-tax replied 1 year ago.
Hi Cliff and welcome to our site!If you are divorced and your marriage lasted at least 10 years, you may be able to get benefits on your former spouse’s record. .If you are divorced, but your marriage lasted 10 years or longer, you can receive benefits on your ex-spouse's record (even if he or she has remarried) if:•You are unmarried; •You are age 62 or older; •Your ex-spouse is entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits and •The benefit you are entitled to receive based on your own work is less than the benefit you would receive based on your ex-spouse's work. Note: Your benefit as a divorced spouse is equal to one-half of your ex-spouse's full retirement amount (or disability benefit) if you start receiving benefits at your full retirement age..If you are eligible for both your own retirement benefits and for benefits as a spouse, the SSA always pays your own benefits first. If your benefits as a spouse are higher than your own retirement benefits, you will get a combination of benefits equaling the higher spouse benefit..If you choose to begin receiving spouse’s benefits before you reach full retirement age, your benefit amount will be reduced and will not be increased when you reach full retirement age.