Program Description

Social Security's Independently Entitled Divorced Spouse’s 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 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 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 Social Security's benefits, 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.

Contact Information

You may also contact Social Security by phone at:
1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)

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