Receiving Divorced Spouse Benefits
Meeting Certain Qualifications
If your Social Security Disability benefits depended on your former spouse, you may need to apply for divorced spouse benefits. It is difficult enough to cope with the end of your marriage without adding the stress of filing for benefits all over again. If you need to apply for divorced spouse benefits, contact a qualified attorney today. You may qualify for benefits as a divorced spouse on your former spouse's Social Security record if you:
- Were married to your former spouse for at least ten years
- Are at least 62 years of age
- Are not married
- Do not qualify for a higher Social Security benefit on your own record
Filing for divorced spouse benefits can be confusing. Disability Action Advocates will do all your paperwork for you, including helping with the initial filing. We do not take any payment from you until your case is won. Thousands of Social Security Disability benefits cases have been won with our expertise and determination to fight for your rights.
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It is important to remember that your former spouse must also be entitled to receive his or her own retirement or disability benefits. If they are eligible but have not yet applied, you can still receive your benefits if you meet the requirements, and have been divorced for at least two years. Usually you will not be able to qualify for divorced spouse benefits if you have remarried anyone besides your former spouse, unless that marriage ends by death, divorce or annulment. But you may still qualify if your new spouse is entitled to specific types of Social Security auxiliary or survivor's benefits.
These are just some of the rules surrounding these types of cases, and winning your benefits is too important to be ruined by a little mistake in paperwork. As you can see, these rules and regulations can easily become overwhelming without the right help. You are our priority, and we will fight for the benefits you deserve.