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SS told me that I would get 50% of my ex-wife's benefits.

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SS told me that I would get 50% of my ex-wife's benefits. If, my current benefits (1200) are greater than, that 1/2 then, there would no be any increase.
I read an article that stated that I would get so much to bring my benefits up to hers.
Also on the ssa-2-bk is handicapped within the last 14 months.
I have a handicapped RX for that time period and for the previous 4 years. I am 69 how does that fit in the equation? Thanks
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  emc011075 replied 1 year ago.

Hi. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to help you.

You can receive your own benefits or spousal benefits, but not both. Your spousal benefits can be based on your current spouse's records or ex-spouse records. Your spousal benefits equal to 50% of your spouse's benefit minus certain adjustments. So if your own benefits are higher than your spousal, you keep your benefits. If your spousal benefits are higher than your own, you can claim spousal benefits.

Just for clarification, spousal and spouse's benefits is not the same.

Spousal benefits are your benefits based on your spouse's records

Spouse's benefits are what your spouse receive.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What about the handicapped/disabled?
Expert:  emc011075 replied 1 year ago.

It doesn't make any difference. At age you are receiving regular SS benefits, not disability.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can I get disability?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks! ***** look elsewhere.
Expert:  emc011075 replied 1 year ago.

At full retirement age social security disability is automatically switched to regular social security benefits. No, you cannot get disability benefits because you are past your full retirement age.