Social Security

If you and your former spouse were married for longer than ten (10) years and paid into the Social Security Trust Fund, you may be entitled to spouse’s or survivor benefits on your former spouse’s account upon reaching age 62, regardless of whether your former spouse has retired at that time. These benefits are provided by the federal government and are not usually addressed in a Decree.

The Social Security Administration advises contacting it three months in advance of your anticipated eligibility date. For survivor benefits, this could be as early as three months before turning age 60; for spouse’s benefits, three months before turning age 62.

When applying for Social Security benefits, you should have your Social Security number, Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate and Final Decree, showing your marriage termination date.

Social Security laws are constantly changing, and your future benefits may be affected by those changes. To be sure of the exact benefits to which you are entitled, and your earliest eligibility to receive the benefits, contact the Social Security Administration directly and contact them now.

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