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I received disability benefits at age 58 and I am now 70. What spousal benefits is she entitled to?

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If you are divorced, your ex-spouse can receive benefits based on your record (even if you have remarried) if:

  • Your marriage lasted 10 years or longer;

  • Your ex-spouse is unmarried;

  • Your ex-spouse is age 62 or older;

  • The benefit that your ex-spouse is entitled to receive based on their own work is less than the benefit they would receive based on your work; and

  • You are entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits.

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If you have not applied for retirement benefits, but can qualify for them, your ex-spouse can receive benefits on your record if you have been divorced for at least two years.

If your spouse qualifies on their own record, the SSA will pay that amount first. If the benefit on your record is higher, they will get an additional amount on your record so that the combination of benefits equals that higher amount.

The amount of benefits depends at which age your spouse started her benefits - in general :

-- at their full retirement age, the spouse’s benefit cannot exceed one-half of your full retirement amount.

-- between age 62 and their full retirement age, the amount will be permanently reduced by a percentage based on the number of months up to their full retirement age.

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If you die - your spouse will be entitled to surviving spouse benefits based on YOUR working record which may be up to 100% of your benefits

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