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I have been divorced...

I have been divorced for 20 years but lived married for 40 years. My ex-husband just passed someone told me I can ask for his social security benefit since mine is so low.

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 properly. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.

I am 85 years old, I was married for 40 years and then divorced. I never remarried and my monthly social security benefit is 554 a month. Can I request my ex husbands benefit which is larger

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If you have a surviving divorced spouse, they could get the same benefits as your widow or widower provided that your marriage lasted 10 years or more.

A divorced spouse who collects survivor benefits at full retirement age would be entitled to 100% of the deceased ex-spouse's benefits.

Widows, widowers, and surviving divorced spouses cannot apply online for survivors benefits.

If they want to apply, they should contact Social Security at 1-800_772_1213 to request an appointment.

(If they are deaf or hard of hearing, they should call our TTY number, 1-800_325_0778)

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Let me know your zip code - and I will find a local SSA office serving your area.

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