Divorced Spouse Social Security Benefits
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What Are the Social Security Benefits for a Divorced Spouse?
Social security is a U.S. program that provides support for the elderly or disabled. If you work, you pay a certain percentage of all your income to the government in the form of social security taxes. Once you become disabled or retire, you then receive money from the U.S. government based on how much money you paid in social security taxes.
Is a Divorced Spouse Eligible to Receive Benefits?
There are a variety of family member who can be eligible to receive benefits, including your spouse and unmarried children under certain circumstances. A divorced spouse is eligible for social security 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 a Lawyer to Help Me with My Social Security Matter?
The social security laws are difficult to understand. It isn't always clear which benefits you are entitled to. An attorney can help you determine which social security benefits you should get. A lawyer can also help you if you need to appeal a social security benefit denial.
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Last Modified: 09-23-2013 05:02 PM PDT
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