Did you know that if you are divorced you can get social security benefits from your ex? That's right and check this out: Chances are very good that you will get a higher benefit based on your ex's employment since we all know most men make more money than us. Even if he remarried, you can still get a piece of his pie if you fall into the following categories:
1) Your marriage lasted at least 10 years
2) You are unmarried
3) You are at least 62 years old
4) The benefit you would be entitled to is LESS than what he would get
5) You are eligible for Social Security retirement or disability benefits
Furthermore, if your ex-spouse is eligible to receive SS but hasn't applied, you can still collect if you've been divorced for two consecutive years.
If you are also qualified to receive benefits, SSA will pay your benefit FIRST. If your ex's benefit is higher, SSA will pay the difference. OK--let's do the math. If you are eligible for $1500 a month and your ex is eligible for $1900. The SSA will pay you the additional $400 to bring you up to his amount.
Another little caveat: If you've been married more than once and over 10 years to more than one spouse and you get divorced, you can collect on the higher earning records of each spouse.
If your ex dies after your divorce (without remarrying), you may be eligible for up to 100 percent of his benefits. You can apply for benefits as early as 60-years-old AND even if you remarry after 60, you can still collect survivor's benefits.
If HE remarries and dies while married to his new wife, both she and you can collect under the survivor benefits. As the first wife, you could be entitled to 100 percent of survivor benefits if you have not remarried and have reached the full retirement age of 66. Whatever SS benefit you are collecting on your own would disappear in lieu of the survivor benefits and if you chose to collect BEFORE the age of 66, the amount you collect would be reduced.
When you apply you will need to provide your ex's social security number, his date and place of birth and the name of his parents.
Look at it this way----you can still be able to have the last word on your divorce--especially if he mistreated you throughout the marriage. Or worse yet---dumped you for a younger woman!
Check out this Guide to learn more: Retirement Benefits