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Program Description

Are you divorced? Is your ex-spouse entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits? If so, you may be able to get benefits on their record.

Learn more on the Retirement Planner: If You are Divorced page.

General Program Requirements

As a divorced spouse, you might get benefits if you meet the conditions below:

  • You were married for at least 10 years and divorced at least two years.
  • You are at least age 62 and unmarried.
  • You get a lower benefit amount based on your own work.

Other terms and conditions apply.

Application Process

Visit the Information You Need to Apply for Spouse’s or Divorced Spouse’s Benefits – Form SSA-2 page for details on how to apply.

To find 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 and how to apply.

Last Updated: 08/08/2018