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You answered your own question. For an ex spouse you must have been married to them for 10 years in order to claim 50% of their benefit. Because you weren't married for the required 10 years, the equation stops at that point. From the social security website:
"If you are divorced, but your marriage lasted 10 years or longer, you can receive benefits on your ex-spouse's record (even if he or she has remarried) if:
(1) you are unmarried;
(2) you are age 62 or older;
(3) your ex-spouse is entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits
(4) the benefit you are entitled to receive based on your own work is less than the benefit you would receive based on your ex-spouse's work.
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