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
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.