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Experience:  Law Degree, specialization in Tax Law and Corporate Law, CFP and MBA, Providing Financial, Social Security & Tax advice since 1986
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My Ex-husband passed away June 13,2016 last month. We had

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My Ex-husband passed away June 13,2016 last month. We had been married 2 weeks short of 18 years. We were divorced in 1993. I am on Social Security Disability now and I am wondering if I can draw on his Social Security. He was several years older then me.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Lane replied 10 months ago.



Yes you can. You only need to have been married for 10 years and not remarried before age 60.


Normally you must be age 60 (71.5% of his benefit, up to 100% if you wait until YOUR full retirement age).


However, see this from social secuerity here:


Your widow or widower [or divorced, not remarried before age 60, spouse] can receive:

  • reduced benefits as early as age 60 or full benefits atfull retirement age or older.
  • benefits as early as age 50 if he or she is disabled AND their disability started before or within seven years of your death.
Expert:  Lane replied 10 months ago.

Please let me know if you have any questions at all.


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Thank you!


I hold a law degree, (Juris Doctorate), with concentration in Tax Law, Estate law & Corporate law, an MBA, with specialization in financial accounting & tax, a BBA, and CFP & CRPS designations, as well - I’ve been providing financial, Social Security/Medicare, estate, corporate, non-profit, and tax advice, since 1986