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Program Description

Are you divorced and is your ex-spouse at least age 62? Are they not currently entitled to Social Security benefits, but have worked long enough to earn enough credits? If so, you could still become independently entitled to Divorced Spouse Benefits on their record.

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

General Program Requirements

To be independently entitled to benefits as a divorced spouse, you must meet the conditions below:

  • You were married for at least 10 years and divorced at least two years.
  • You are at least age 62, fully insured, 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