Program Description

Social Security's Divorced Spouse Benefits are federally funded and administered by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). These benefits are paid to divorced spouses of workers who are receiving (or are eligible to receive) Social Security benefits.

Program Requirements

To be eligible 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 receives Social Security retirement or disability benefits.
  • Have been married to that person for at least 10 years before the date the divorce became final.
  • Not be entitled an equal or higher retirement or disability benefits.

If you would like to find out if you are eligible for any of Social Security's benefit programs, 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 the list for your records before going to the application site.

Contact Information

Visit SSA's Publications Page for detailed information about SSA programs and policies.

Benefit Categories
family of three
Family Social Security
Spouse & Widow(er) Social Security