Benefit Details
Social Security Divorced Spouse Benefits
Managing Agency U.S. Social Security Administration

Program Description

To be eligible for Social Security divorced spouse's benefits, you must:
  • Be at least 62 years old and not currently married;
  • Be divorced from a person who receives Social security retirement or disability benefits;
  • Have been married to that person for at least 10 years; and
  • Not be getting a higher Social Security retirement benefit based on your own work.

The information you gave indicates that you meet the third requirement. Therefore, you could get Social Security divorced spouse's benefits beginning at age 62 if you are not getting a higher benefit on your own work record and, you are not married, and your former spouse is receiving benefits.

If your former spouse is deceased, you could get surviving divorced spouse benefits beginning at age 60.

Would you like more information about divorced spouse's benefits?
Use the link below to our Publications Home Page and review Chapter 3 of the Social Security Handbook

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information

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