Social Security Independently Entitles Divorced Spouse's Benefits

Program Description

The Social Security Independently Entitles Divorced Spouse’s Benefits are a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). These are benefits that are paid to divorced spouses of workers who are eligible to receive Social Security benefits.

General Program Requirements

To qualify for this benefit program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 62 years old and not currently married
  • Be divorced from a person who is at least 62 years old and has enough work credits to get Social Security benefits
  • Have been married to that person for at least 10 years and divorced for at least two continuous years
  • Not be entitled an equal or higher Social Security retirement benefit or disability benefit based on your own work.

If you would like to find out if you may be eligible for any of the benefits SSA administers, use SSA's Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool.

Once you have completed the eligibility screening questionnaire, you will be provided with a list of benefits for which you may be eligible. Print this list for your records before going to the application site.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

Once you know which benefits you may be eligible for, visit the Apply For Social Security Benefits webpage to apply online.

Program Contact Information

Or for additional information on this and any SSA benefit, call:
1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)

Visit SSA’s Publications home page for detailed information about SSA programs and policies.