Program Description

Social Security's Independently Entitles 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 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.

Based on the information you gave, you meet the second and third requirements. So, you could get independently entitled divorced spouse's benefits beginning at age 62 if your former spouse has enough work credits, you are not remarried, and you are not getting a higher benefit on your own work record.

PLEASE NOTE: If you get (or will get) a pension based on work for an employer who did not withhold Social Security taxes, such as a government agency or an employer in another country, your Social Security benefits may be reduced. Visit SSA’s Publications page and review A Pension from Work Not Covered by Social Security, Social Security Publication Number 05-10045 and Government Pension Offset, Social Security Publication Number 05-10007.

Contact Information

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Benefit Categories
Family Social Security
Spouse & Widow(er) Social Security