To qualify for this benefit program, you must meet all of the following requirements:
- Be at least age 60.
- Be divorced from the deceased worker.
- Have been married to the deceased worker for at least 10 years.
- Not be entitled to an equal or higher Social Security benefit on your own work record.
- Be unmarried (unless an exception applies).
Based on the information you gave about your age, your current marital status and length of marriage to your deceased spouse, you could get Social Security Surviving divorced spouse benefits beginning at age 60 if all of the following apply:
- You do not remarry before age 60.
- Your former spouse had enough work credits.
- You are not getting a higher benefit on your own work record then.
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.