In order 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 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 may be 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.