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Program Description

Are you disabled and divorced from an ex-spouse who died? If so, you may qualify for benefits as a surviving divorced spouse.

Learn more on the Survivors Planner: If You’re the Worker’s Surviving Divorced Spouse page. You may also want to read the Disability Planner: Benefits for Disabled Widows or Widowers page. 

General Program Requirements

If you’re disabled and a surviving divorced spouse, you must meet the conditions below to qualify for benefits:

  • Be at least age 50 but under 60.
  • Were married to your ex-spouse at least 10 years before the final divorce date.
  • Meet the disability-related requirements.
  • Be unmarried, unless you remarried after age 50.
  • Get a lower Social Security retirement benefit based on your own work.

Application Process

Visit the Information You Need to Apply for Widow’s, Widower’s, or Surviving Divorced Spouse’s Benefits – Form SSA-10 page for details on how to apply.

If you want to apply for disability benefits as a survivor, call one of the phone numbers below to make an appointment.

To find out what other Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits you may qualify for, use the SSA Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) on Benefits.gov. When you complete the questionnaire, you get a list of benefits to review. You can print this page for your records.

When you know which benefits you may apply for, click Apply for Social Security Benefits to apply online. You can also call the phone numbers below to learn more about SSA benefits or to set up an appointment.

Last Updated: 08/08/2018