Divorced Spouses Have Claim to Social Security Benefits

If you are divorced, even if you have remarried, your ex-spouse may qualify for disability or retirement benefits based on your record.

If your ex-spouse will also receive a pension based on work not covered by Social Security, such as government or foreign work, his or her Social Security benefit on your record may be affected.

To qualify on your record, your ex-spouse must:

* have been married to you for at least 10 years;
* be at least 62 years old;
* be unmarried; and
* not be eligible for an equal or higher benefit on his or her own Social Security record, or on someone else’s Social Security record.

Note: The amount of benefits payable to your divorced spouse has no effect on the amount of benefits you or your current spouse may receive.