2 February 2012 0 Comments

Divorce and Social Security benefits

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In a recent Wall Street Journal article, it was stated that divorced spouses who were married for at least 10 years may be eligible for bigger Social Security based on their ex-spouse’s earnings.

This additional money is great news for women who earned less than their spouse during the marriage.  There are stipulations to the extra benefits that include:

  • The marriage must have lasted at least 10 years
  • The claimant has to be at least 62 years old
  • The ex-spouse must be presently collecting Social Security benefits
  • The claimant can be 60 years of age, but only if their ex-spouse has passed away
  • Finally, the claimant must be unmarried or divorced at least 2 years.  If remarried, must have done so after the age of 60.

If you have any questions regarding the possibility of collecting more Social Security benefits from your ex-spouse, contact an experienced Riverside Family Law attorney who can check into your eligibility for you.

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