Social Security Questions? Ask a Social Security Expert
As a "first" wife that has never remarried I was told that I could draw off my EX's SS but never told WHEN??
As a divorce spouse - you are eligible for social security benefits based on your ex-spouse's earning record if you were married at least ten years - and if
Your benefit as a divorced spouse is equal to one-half of your ex-spouse's full retirement amount (or disability benefit) if you start receiving benefits at your full retirement age.
If your spouse is 61 - and not disabled - you may not receive spousal benefits based on his working record.
Generally - you may start when he will turn 66 and two months - that is his FRA - full retirement age.
OR - you may start earlier - if your ex-spouse will start his benefits.
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