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Here is how it works:
If you are under full retirement age (usually 66):
If you were married at least 10 years (you were) and have not remarried you can collect the greater of a benefit based on your earnings record or 1/2 you spouse's benefit.
If you are at or beyond full retirement age (again 66):
if you were not remarried you can collect the greater of your benefit or that or your spouse but not both. If you began collecting before attaining age 66 and were collecting the 1/2 benefit noted above it will now change to the greater benefit I just described.
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