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I divorced 20 years ago and am considering marrying again (I

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I divorced 20 years ago and am considering marrying again (I am 78) If my marriage ends by my husbands death will I qualify for my former spouses benefits? We were married for 12 years. What percentage of his social security will I quality for? The same percentage if he also has passed?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  socrateaser replied 2 months ago.

Hello...you asked:

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?

A: Yes.

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Expert:  socrateaser replied 2 months ago.

Hello again,

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I can not get the same answer from different social security authorities. My book says "a remarried spouse cannot collect a former spouses benefit unless the later marriage ends by death, divorce or annulment. The former spouses benefit must be more than the later spouses."
My former husband is collecting the maximum social security. How much is that now? I receive 1,500 a month on my own account.
Expert:  socrateaser replied 2 months ago.

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.

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