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My ex-husband died recently and he had asked me to find out…

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My ex-husband died recently...

My ex-husband died recently and he had asked me to find out if I can receive a larger benefit based on his. If so, how do i go about getting this additional benefit?

Accountant's Assistant: 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.

I have been told that a wife or ex-wife can have a larger annual social security allowance based on the deceased spouse's larger amount. I would like to fid out how to apply if this is so.

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We have been divorced but good friends for many years and neither of us married another person. I am not sure what sort of information he or she might need.

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Social Security
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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 10 months ago
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Sorry for your loss...

You are correct - as a divorce spouse you still may qualify for surviving benefits based on your ex-spouse working record.

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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 10 months ago

If you are divorced, but your marriage lasted 10 years or longer, you as a spouse can receive the SAME benefits as a widow/widower on your ex-spouse's record (even if they have remarried) if:

  • You are unmarried;
  • You are age 60 or older;

Let me know if you need any help with application.

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