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Divorce Ends Regular Spouse Benefits
(Posted April 3, 2003)
Question 235: My husband worked for the railroad for 37 years. We were married the entire time. If we are still married when we both become 60, can I continue to draw a regular wife's benefit even if we later get divorced?
Answer: If you are married at 60 and you qualify for a wife's benefit, those benefits will end when you get divorced.
If the divorce is after you are 62, you could qualify for a Divorced Spouse benefit, if it is more than your own Social Security benefit. As explained in Q&A 233 of this column, that amount would be less than what you received before your divorce.
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