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I want to know if I might be eligible for my ex husbands benefits. We were married 25 years. He was married to his second wife for 33 years. I just found out on may 19 that he passed away 7 years ago. We ordered a death certificate and are awaiting that.
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Social Security Expert: taxmanrog, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) replied 2 months ago
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Social Security Expert: taxmanrog, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) replied 2 months ago

You are eligible to collect benefits from a former spouse if several conditions are met.

You must be at least 62 years old. You must have been married to your ex-spouse for 10 years or more (which you were). You must be single, or if you remarried, you can’t collect benefits on your former spouse’s record unless your later marriage ended by annulment, divorce, or death. So if you remarried, you must have divorced or been annulled from your subsequent husband, or he must have passed away. Also, if you’re entitled to benefits on your own record, your benefit amount must be less than you would receive based on your ex-spouse’s work. In other words, Social Security will only pay the higher of the two benefits for which you are eligible, but not both. The same rules apply for a deceased former spouse.

I hope this answers your question. If you have any more, please feel free to ask and I will be happy to answer.

Thanks! Have a great weekend!

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