Program Description

The Social Security Divorced Spouse Benefits are a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). These benefits are paid to divorced spouses of workers who are receiving (or are eligible to receive) Social Security benefits.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • 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 before the date the divorce became final
  • Not be entitled an equal or higher retirement or disability benefits.

If you would like to find out if you may be eligible for any of the benefits SSA administers, take SSA’s Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool.

Once you have completed the eligibility screening questionnaire, you will be provided with a list of benefits for which you may be eligible. Print this page for your records before going to the application site.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

Once you know which benefits you may be eligible for, visit the Apply For Social Security Benefits webpage to apply online.

Program Contact Information

Visit SSA’s Publications home page for detailed information about SSA programs and policies.

Or for additional information on this and any SSA benefit, call:
1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)