Divorced Spouse SSD Benefits

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

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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-spouse’s record.

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To qualify for disability on your ex-spouse’s 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.

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