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You can receive benefits on your own record or on your spouse or even an ex spouse's record.
Credits are the "building blocks" SSA uses to find out whether you have the minimum amount of covered work to qualify for each type of Social Security benefits.
If you stop working before you have enough credits to qualify for benefits, your credits will stay on your record. If you return to work later on, you can add more credits so that you can qualify.
No benefits can be paid if you do not have enough credits.
Even if you have never worked under Social Security, you may be able to get spouse’s retirement benefits if you are at least 62 years of age and your spouse is receiving retirement or disability benefits.
You should check with SSA and see if you have the credits needed.