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Benefits for a Divorced Spouse
(Posted June 4, 2004)
Question 263: I'm 53 and I collect both Social Security and SSI benefits. My
ex-husband has more than 33 years of rail work. We were married for 23 years. He has remarried but I haven't. What will I be entiltled to, if he retires before 62?
Answer: Because you are receiving Social Security benefits at age 53, I assume they are disability benefits. You could be eligible for a divorced spouse's benefit, but not until you are 62. You might not receive anything at that time, if your own Social Security are higher and hence completely offset any additional benefit due to your former husband's work.
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