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Absolutely yes - you may receive social security benefits on your husband's record if you were married at least ten years.
You might be eligible for to receive spouse s benefits even if 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:
At least 62 years of age; or
Any age and caring for a child entitled to receive benefits on your spouse s record who is younger than age 16 or disabled.
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.
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