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My first husband died about 18 months ago. A friend told me I might be able to get some kind of benefits from him. Is that true? I am currently married to my second husband (for 28 years).
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Social Security Expert: Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney replied 2 years ago

A divorced spouse benefit is actually only available for those unmarried again. Similarly, a divorced widow benefit is for unmarried widows that did not remarry OR, did so only after reaching age 60. This is because it is a dependent benefit, and being remarried makes you, in the eyes of the SSA, not a dependent of your first spouse any longer. Now you are potentially a dependent of your current spouse, so you can be eligible for a spousal benefit on your current spouse's record once you are age 62.

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