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Asked 12/9/2009

Can my Ex Wife Also Draw on my Social Security

I divorced my first wife after 19 years. I remaried in 1982. My ex wife remarried in 1985 and divorced in 1995. Can my ex wife draw against my Social Security or does she draw aginst hers or her last husbands? My second wife and I have been married now for 27 years and hopefully, she will be able to draw against my social security.

Georgia

 
 
 
 
 
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Answer 1/10 - Submitted 12/9/2009

Can ex wife draw on my social security after she remarries?

 
 

Answer 2/10 - Submitted 12/9/2009

To draw social security from a husband, you can't be married. I'm pretty sure that you would have to be dead for her to draw on yours. Call your local social security office to be sure. Someone will be able to help you over the telephone. Good Luck! Cyn

 
 

Answer 3/10 - Submitted 10/4/2010

Yes, if she is presently unmarried and was married to you for at least ten years.

 
 

Answer 4/10 - Submitted 10/4/2010

The divorced spouse of a worker who is not entitled to retirement or disability insurance benefits, but who has reached age 62 and is fully insured, can become independently entitled to benefits on the worker’s earnings record.

 
 

Answer 5/10 - Submitted 5/30/2011

While it's always important to seek professional on important matters such as these. I don't believe that an ex-wife is ever eligible to draw from an ex-partners social security.

The Social Security website has an online help page that answers queries regarding all things marriage and divorce. Reading this is probably the best place to start looking for a definitive answer: http://www.ssa.gov/gethelp/gethelp1.htm

Or if you need more information, you can ring for further advice on: 1-800-772-1213

 
 

Answer 6/10 - Submitted 5/30/2011

If you were married over 10 years. Yes.

 
 

Answer 7/10 - Submitted 5/30/2011

If you and your ex were married for more than 10 years, the ex is entitled to social security on reaching retirement age. The amount is based on the higher of your or her earnings. If she is remarried she is no longer entitled to your social security, If she is remarried then divorced again, she is once more entitled to your social security benefits. Whatever she gets does not affect what you get; her benefits do not subtract from yours. You should not be concerned or even interested in this.

 
 

Answer 8/10 - Submitted 8/5/2012

Yes as long as she is not married

 
 

Answer 9/10 - Submitted 7/5/2013

Yes if she is unmarried.

 
 

Answer 10/10 - Submitted 9/6/2013

Thanks for your question.

Since your ex-wife remarried she cannot draw on your social security. Your second wife can.
Note: I recommend looking at the questions asked at the PBS Newshour and see the details about social security. The system is really messy.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/businessdesk/2013/08/g etting-married-or-divorced-to-get-social-security- same-sex-or-straight.html

 
 
 
 
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