Couples that are divorcing later in life, aka gray divorce, may wonder if they are eligible for a portion of their ex-spouse’s social security benefits and the answer is yes, you are entitled to half if:
- you were married for 10 years or more
- you are at least 62 in age
- you remain unmarried
- your social security benefits under your own work record are less than your ex-spouse’s benefits
According to the SSA.gov, you may apply for benefits on your former spouse’s record even if he or she hasn’t retired, as long as you divorced at least two years before applying. However, if you wait until full retirement age to apply as a divorced spouse, your benefit will be equal to half of your ex-spouse’s full retirement amount or disability benefit so it is worthwhile to do some research to get the intended result.
When You Have Questions About Your Ex-Spouse Social Security Benefits
Contact Our Lake County Illinois Family Law Attorneys for Answers
There are many issues to contemplate in a divorce. If you are considering divorce and would like more information regarding spousal maintenance (alimony), property division or have other questions that will help you prepare for your divorce or modifications after your divorce, contact the Libertyville family law attorneys of Schlesinger & Strauss LLC at 847-680-4970.