Program Description

Are you 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 Survivors Planner: Benefits For Your Surviving Divorced Spouse page.

General Program Requirements

To qualify as a surviving divorced spouse, you must meet the conditions below:

  • Be at least age 60.
  • Were married for at least 10 years before the final divorce date.
  • Be unmarried, unless you remarried after age 60.
  • Be entitled to a lower Social Security benefit on your own work record.

Other terms and conditions may apply.

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 the phone number below to make an appointment.

To find other Social Security benefits you may qualify for, use the SSA Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) on 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 or set up an appointment.

Last Updated: 08/21/2019