Divorced Spouse SSD Benefits

August 28th, 2011

Lucille, from Imperial Beach California, asks “I am divorced and never re-married. I have never worked. Can I apply for Social Security Disability benefits under my ex-husband’s work record?”

If you are divorced and never remarried, you might qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits on your ex-spouses record.

To qualify for disability on your ex-spouses record, you must meet these requirements:

  • You must have been married to this spouse for at least 10 years
  • You must be at least 62 years old
  • You must be unmarried (It’s okay if your ex-spouse remarried)
  • You must not be eligible for an equal or higher benefit on your own Social Security record, or on someone else’s Social Security record.

If you have been denied disability benefits, or if you are going to apply for disability benefits, talk with an experienced disability attorney. Click here for a free consultation with an experienced disability attorney in the Southern California area (San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles, etc…).

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