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Lane, JD,CFP, MBA, CRPS
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I was divorced from my wife after 18 yrs. of marriage in the

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I was divorced from my wife after 18 yrs. of marriage in the 1980's. I remarried yrs. later, and she never did. This past February she passed away at age 64. I am 65 yrs. old. Can I receive her social security?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Lane replied 2 months ago.

Hi, I can help here ... My name's Lane.

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You can do so if you did not remarry until after age 60.

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See this from SSA:

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If you are the divorced spouse of a worker who has passed away, you could still be eligible for survivors benefits if the marriage lasted 10 years or more. You can receive reduced benefits starting at age 60 or full benefits at your full retirement age. Survivors benefits are equivalent to the deceased spouse’s full Social Security benefit amount.

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However, if you remarry before the age of 60, you cannot collect survivors benefits (unless the later marriage ends for any reason). If you remarry after age 60, you can still receive survivors benefits based on your former spouse’s record. However, if your new spouse is also collecting Social Security benefits and you would receive a higher amount based on the new spouse’s work record, you will receive the higher amount.

Expert:  Lane replied 2 months ago.

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

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And if you DON'T have other questions Your positive rating … (by using those the stars or faces on your screen, and then clicking “submit”) …would be thanks enough!

Otherwise I receive no compensation for the work.

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Thank you,

Lane

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I have 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

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