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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.

My name is Paula ***** and my ex-husband is Melvin Russell ****, Jr. His ss# ********** and mine is 227****

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We were married for 27 yrs. and divorced now for 16 yrs. and both have remarried

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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 7 months ago
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If you are divorced, but your marriage lasted 10 years or longer, you can receive benefits on your ex-spouse's record (even if they have remarried) if:

  • You are unmarried;
  • You are age 62 or older;
  • Your ex-spouse is entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits; and
  • The benefit you are entitled to receive based on your own work is less than the benefit you would receive based on your ex-spouse's work.
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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 7 months ago

If you remarry, you generally cannot collect benefits on your former spouse's record unless your later marriage ends (whether by death, divorce or annulment).

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

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