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Divorced Spouse's Social Security Benefits

Is a Divorced Spouse Eligible to Receive Benefits?

There are a variety of family members who may be eligible to receive benefits, including a spouse and unmarried children under certain circumstances.

A divorced spouse is eligible for benefits if he or she is:

  • At least 62 years old;
  • Was married to the worker for at least 10 years;
  • Has been divorced from the worker for at least 2 years;
  • Has not remarried.

In addition, the worker must be eligible for retirement benefits (but does not actually have to be receiving benefits).

Do I Need Expert Assistance With My Social Security Matter?

The laws that regulate Social Security are very complex and confusing. It isn't always clear to which benefits you are entitled. An experienced representative can help you understand which Social Security benefits you should be receiving. He or she can also help you if you need to appeal a denial of Social Security benefits.

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