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Category: Social Security
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Experience:  Law Degree, specialization in Tax Law and Corporate Law, CFP and MBA, Providing Financial, Social Security & Tax advice since 1986
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If I am receiving social security from my ex-husband and

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If I am receiving social security from my ex-husband and remarry that husband and then divorce him before 10 years of marriage, will my social security resume?
And will I receive his social security if we stay married and he predeceases me?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Lane replied 10 months ago.

Hi Adria. I can help here. My name's Lane.


I'm so sorry, but Social Security Administration says that a person must be divorced after at least “10 straight years of marriage” to receive benefits on the ex-spouse’s work record. So if you can last at least another decade together, you should be in business.


But on your second question, if you stay married and he predeceases you, you will be entitled to a survivors benefit, as long as you were married for 9 months at the time of his death.


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I hold a law degree, (Juris Doctorate), with concentration in Tax Law, Estate law & Corporate law, an MBA, with specialization in financial accounting & tax, a BBA, and CFP & CRPS designations, as well - I’ve been providing financial, Social Security/Medicare, estate, corporate, non-profit, and tax advice, since 1986.