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You might be eligible for to receive spouse’s benefits.
As you divorced - you are entitled for benefits as a spouse as long as you were married more than 10 years.
To qualify for spouse’s benefits, you must be:
If you are eligible for both your own retirement benefits and for benefits as a spouse, 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.
Generally if you started social security benefits at your full retirement age, your benefit as a spouse can be equal to one-half of your spouse’s full retirement amount.
You will NOT receive two checks from the Social Security Administration - only ONE check you woudl receive every month.
If your sister receives two checks - one is from other sources not from the Social Security Administration.