Nj.com recently published an article entitled “I’m divorced. Can I get Social Security from my ex-husband?”. The article says you have a number of options for receiving Social Security benefits, based on your ex-husband’s earnings records.

This is true, even if he remarries. An ex-spouse can claim benefits on his record, as long as he or she satisfies certain criteria.

The Social Security Administration explains that you can apply for benefits on your former spouse’s record, even if he or she hasn’t retired, provided you divorced at least two years before applying.

However, if you delay until your full retirement age to apply as a divorced spouse, your benefit will be equal to half of your ex-spouse’s full retirement amount or disability benefit.

The same rules apply for a deceased former spouse.

First, the marriage must have lasted 10 years or longer.

You must also be unmarried at the time you claim benefits and be 62 or older.

Another criterion is that the benefit you would receive based on your own employment record must be less than the benefit you’d receive based on your ex-spouse’s work record.

Last, your ex must be entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits for you to file.

If you qualify, you can receive up to 50% of your ex-spouse’s retirement benefit amount.

The amount of benefits you receive doesn’t have an impact on the benefits of your ex-spouse and his or her current spouse.

If you’re receiving a divorced spouse’s benefits, your benefits generally will cease, if you get remarried.

However, you may be able to receive benefits based on your new spouse’s work record or your own.

You should speak with the Social Security Administration about your options, since the agency can access your records to discuss your specific situation.

One of the main goals of our law practice is to help families like your plan for safe, problem free, and successful transfer of assets to the next generation.  Call our office today to schedule a time for us to review your estate plan and identify the best strategies for you and your family to ensure your legacy of love and financial security.  Our office is located in Santa Ana, CA but we serve all of California including Irvine, Orange, Tustin, Newport Beach, and Anaheim.

For more information and articles on estate planning, probate, trust law, and business planning, please visit our website and subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter

Reference: nj.com (June 30, 2020) “I’m divorced. Can I get Social Security from my ex-husband?”