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Divorce and Social Security Benefits

Divorce and Social Security Benefits

Posted By Meyers Law Group || 2-Jan-2013

In the midst of a painful marital relationship, many times people are just trying to find out how they can get out of it as soon as possible rather than sitting down and thinking through the many ramifications the divorce will have on their life and their finances. After many years of marriage, one important factor to remember and consider is how the divorce will affect your social security benefits, if at all. According to the official U.S. Social Security website, there are certain requirements for couples in order for a spouse to receive benefits after a divorce.

First, you and your spouse must have been married for at least 10 years prior to your divorce and this also means that your ex is over the age of 62 years old. If you meet these criteria, then you may be entitled to your ex's benefits in the event they have not remarried. In the event that your ex-spouse chooses to remarry, he or she will no longer be entitled to your retirement benefits unless they also divorce or their spouse dies.

Another common question for those concerned about social security benefits after a divorce is when will the benefits end? There are many answers to this question based on the uniqueness of every couples relationship and personal details. However, the general answer is that it ends in the event the spouse is deceased; the worker dies, or if the spouse is not older than 62 years old and there are no children under 16 years old in the relationship among other possibilities.

Weighing the options and effects a divorce will have on your future is important, especially when it involves your finances. In the event that you and your spouse are choosing to bring your relationship to an end, contact the Meyers Law Group today for an experienced divorce attorney who can walk you through the many steps of the divorce.