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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 Benefits For Your Divorced Spouse page.

General Program Requirements

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

  • Were married for at least 10 years and divorced at least two continuous years.
  • Have evidence of a finalized divorce.
  • Be at least age 62.
  • Be the ex-spouse of an insured worker.
  • Be unmarried.
  • Are not entitled to a higher Social Security retirement benefit on your own record.

Other terms and conditions apply.

Application Process

Visit the Benefits For Your Spouse and Benefits For Your Divorced Spouse pages for details on how to apply.

To find other Social Security 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, visit the Apply for Social Security Benefits page to apply online. You can also call the phone number below to learn more about benefits and how to apply.

Last Updated: 09/14/2020