Social Security Questions? Ask a Social Security Expert
If my marriage ends by my husbands death will I qualify for my former spouses benefits?
A: Unfortunately, no. You would have to divorce your current spouse before death.
We were married for 12 years. What percentage of his social security will I quality for?
A: 50% of your former spouse's benefits; or your own full benefit, if greater.
The same percentage if he also has passed?
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The maximum benefit varies by year of retirement. Here is a chart that covers every year up to 2010, so that you can make the determination. Here is the chart for 2000-2015.