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What is the standards for collecting monies from my divorced

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What is the standards for collecting monies from my divorced spouse
JA: The Retirement Accountant will know how to help. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.
Customer: I have been divorced for almost 20 years and recently learned I may qualify to get money from his SS. We were married for almost 5 years. Is there a time issue here?
JA: Is there anything else the Retirement Accountant should be aware of?
Customer: I was previously married for 18 years to a self employed person
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Barbara replied 1 month ago.

Welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you.

As a divorced spouse you can collect benefits on your ex-spouse’s record, even if the ex-spouse has remarried and even if the ex-spouse’s new spouse is collecting on the same record.

But to get this benefit, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. You were married for at least 10 straight years
  2. You are at least 62 years old
  3. Your ex-spouse is eligible for retirement benefits
  4. You are currently unmarried.

Even though you remarried, you can still receive benefits on your deceased spouse's record because unless the new marriage ended (by death, divorce, or annulment).

The following link contains excellent information you will find helpful:

http://www.elderlawanswers.com/how-do-divorce-and-remarriage-affect-social-security-benefits-14386

Please let me know if I can assist you further.

Thank you and best regards,

Barb