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I lived with my husband years before we got married. We

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I lived with my husband for 13 years before we got married. We stayed married 9 years and 3 months before divorcing. He died in 2004 but never remarried. Will I be able to receive spousal benefits? I'm almost 60 years old.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  TaxRobin replied 1 year ago.


According to SSA if you are divorced, but your marriage lasted 10 years or longer you can receive benefits on your ex-spouse's record.

Unless SSA recognized your non married time based on state law for common law marriage you would not unfortunately meet the requirements.

I sincerely ***** ***** could tell you SSA will accept all years you were together.

If my answer addressed your question please rate below or above (let me know if you have difficulty as I believe the system changed), if you need more information reply below.

Expert:  TaxRobin replied 1 year ago.

Please advise if you need more information or rating in a positive way is acceptable.