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Can I file my social security benefits on my ex-husbands

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Can I file my social security benefits on my ex-husbands earnings. someone from social security told me I could as long as we were married for ten years or more
JA: These retirement benefits are supposed to help us but they can be so complicated! The Retirement Expert will help you get the most benefits propertly. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.
Customer: WE were married twice and divorced in 1998. During much of that time we were in the military and I did not work. when I filed to start my social security this past year I was told I could file on my ex-husbands earnings. I know nothing about any of this
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Retirement Accountant should know?
Customer: We were married all together for over ten years. His earnings were much larger then mine. There were years when we were in different places that I did not work.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  emc011075 replied 10 months ago.

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

You are eligible for benefits based on your spouse's records if

- you were married for at least 10 years

- you are unmarried and at least 62

- your ex is entitled to socials security benefits (at full retirement age) or is currently receiving benefits

- your spousal benefits (up to 50% based on your ex spouse's records) are higher than your own.

Expert:  emc011075 replied 10 months ago.

Your spousals benefits could be between 30 - 50% of your ex-spouse's benefits depending on your age when you apply. If you apply at your full retirement age, you will receive 50%, if you apply between 62 and full retirement age, your benefits will be reduced accordingly.

Expert:  emc011075 replied 10 months ago.

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