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My husband died after we were divorced. we were married

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My husband died after we were divorced. we were married 10+yrs. can I collect my benefits and half of his? I just spoke with "Malcome" at SS office and he said I could. I've always been told you can't collect on two SS numbers. Can I collect my benefits and half of his and receive 1 check?

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. Is there anything else the Retirement Accountant should be aware of?

I don't know. My ex husband is still living but terminally ill.

Submitted: 2 months ago.Category: Social Security
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Social Security Expert: Loren, Attorney replied 2 months ago
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Social Security Expert: Loren, Attorney replied 2 months ago

I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get. I just ask that you not shoot the messenger.

Unfortunately, you were correctly advised. You are only entitled to collect benefits on one account. In other words, you are entitled to the greater of your account or the late ex's. You are not entitled to both at the same time.

I am sorry. I wish I could tell you otherwise, but I do not want you spinning your wheels.

I am happy to continue if you have further questions.

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