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I was married years to my husband, we divorced in 1982, I

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I was married for 20 years to my husband, we divorced in 1982, I have retired and he has retired, can I collect off his social security? I have not remarried, he remarried and his wife has since died 2 years ago. He retired about 5 years ago.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  CGCPA replied 1 year ago.

There are specific requirements to collect spousal benefits and you have met some them. The ones not yet mentioned are:

- You must be old enough to collect benefits (at least 62)

- He must be collecting his own benefits

If you meet those criteria you can collect based on his account. It will not reduce his benefits but you should be aware that your benefit will the greater of one based on your own earnings record or 1/2 his benefit. You do not get to receive both.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am 73 years old and he is 72 and both have retired
Expert:  CGCPA replied 1 year ago.

Then you should contact the Social Security Administration to make an appointment to get your benefits corrected. You can get the telephone number of a local office at

Bring photo ID, your Social Security card, his Social Security number, and proof of marriage/divorce with you to the appointment.

The ultimate benefit you will receive is the larger of:

Your present benefit or

1/2 your former spouse's present benefit