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Woman married more than 10 years, then divorced and

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Woman married more than 10 years, then divorced and remarried. Currently in process of divorcing second husband. First husband has since died. After the divorce from second husband, can she collect on SS benefits of first husband, even though he has died? She is now 70, currently receiving SS benefits on her own account.
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 12 months ago.

Good morning, with regard to your post:

"Woman married more than 10 years, then divorced and remarried. Currently in process of divorcing second husband. First husband has since died. After the divorce from second husband, can she collect on SS benefits of first husband, even though he has died? ----- Generally, YES! And she will want to switch from whatever benefit she is collecting now TO that "divorced widow benefit" if it is greater than her current benefit. She can choose only one.

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