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If you were married for more than 10 years (you were) and are currently not married (you actually can remarry after age 60 and still claim the ex-spousal benefit). Your child at her age (unless disabled) cannot claim social security benefits on your exes record. You can claim a spousal benefit starting at age 62 (with an early retirement penalty) if your ex had enough credits to claim a social security benefit (40 credits which amounts to basically 10 years of work). You cannot take a spousal benefit (50% of your ex spouse's retirement benefit) if your ex has not elected to take his benefit. You can take an election against his benefit if he has reached full retirement age (66 in 2015) and you have been divorced for more than 2 years. You need to contact SSA (I would try your local branch for a smaller waiting time) and ascertain if your ex is eligible for retirement benefits.
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