Question: My ex-husband passed away. We were married for four years and he had remarried. However, he divorced and she remarried. Would I qualify for his benefits, and is it more than mine?
Answer: No, you won't qualify for your ex-husband's spousal benefit. Here are the rules according to the Social Security Administration. If you are divorced, but your marriage lasted 10 years or longer, you can receive benefits on your ex-spouse's record (even if they have remarried) if:
- You are unmarried;
- You are age 62 or older;
- Your ex-spouse is entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits; and
- The benefit you are entitled to receive based on your own work is less than the benefit you would receive based on your ex-spouse's work.
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