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I receive a dividend from a deceased ex-husband I also have

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I receive a dividend from a deceased ex-husband I also have another ex-husband not deceased who is 65 we were married for almost twenty years Can I also receive benefits from him?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  TaxRobin replied 5 months ago.

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Expert:  TaxRobin replied 5 months ago.

You would not be allowed to collect form 2 different spousal benefits at the same time.

If you remarry, you generally cannot collect benefits on your former spouse's record unless your later marriage ends (whether by death, divorce or annulment). You could only switch not collect on both.

Expert:  TaxRobin replied 5 months ago.

After computing a benefit for each eligible marriage, the Social Security Administration (SSA) selects the highest benefit and compares it with the divorced woman's own retired-worker benefit.

If she is not entitled to a retired-worker benefit, she receives the full benefit as a divorced spouse, surviving divorced spouse, or widow beneficiary. If she is entitled to a retired-worker benefit that is less than the benefit, she is "dually entitled" and SSA supplements her retired-worker benefit with the difference between her retired-worker benefit and the full sposal benefit to which she would be entitled.

Finally, if she is entitled to a retired-worker benefit that exceeds the sposal benefit, she receives only the retired-worker benefit.

A divorced woman's Social Security retirement benefit depends not only on her own earnings history, but also to a large extent on her marital history and the earnings histories of her previous spouses. A divorced woman with multiple marriages could receive a spousal benefit from any of her former spouses but not all at the same time.