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Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney
Category: Social Security
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Can someone who was married over 22 years and then divorced

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Can someone who was married over 22 years and then divorced collect the Social Security of the former spouse when they die?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Social Security
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
If I can collect SS since my former spouse died....what do I need to do?
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 2 years ago.
Good morning! Yes, generally, if married over 10 years, an over 60 (some instances over age 50) the surviving ex spouse can be eligible for a survivor benefit of between 71-100% of the deceased ex spouse's benefit - all such ex's may do so. Whether that survivor would want to do that, and at what age, will depend on any other eligible benefits - since we can only take ONE benefit. Sometimes we choose the highest one, but not always. There are strategies that can come into play.
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 2 years ago.
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