Can I Collect My Spouse’s Social Security Benefits After a Divorce?

If you’re going through the divorce process later in life, you most likely have a lot on your mind. Older divorcing spouses often have a significant amount of intertwined assets that will have to be distributed, and, as they near retirement age, they often have to worry about how they can support themselves without a regular paycheck from work. This is why, in many cases, divorcing spouses wonder whether they will be able to access their spouse’s Social Security benefits. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Los Angeles divorce attorney to learn more about whether you will be able to access your spouse’s Social Security benefits after a divorce and how our legal team can guide you through the process. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Will I have access to my spouse’s Social Security benefits after a divorce?

The first thing you should understand is that if you worked for at least 10 years in your lifetime, you should be eligible to receive Social Security benefits of your own. However, if your spouse has worked for longer than you, he or she will most likely receive better benefits than you would, which is why you may be wondering whether you are entitled to his or her benefits even after a divorce. If you and your spouse were married for at least 10 years, you should be entitled to receive his or her benefits after you get divorced. This is great news for many spouses, as often, Social Security is the only regular payment they have coming in, especially if they get divorced at a time where they are unable to continue working or it is simply unrealistic for them to continue working.

Will receiving my spouse’s Social Security affect the amount of Social Security he/she receives?

Many spouses wonder whether receiving their spouse’s Social Security benefits will adversely impact the benefits their spouse receives. Fortunately, we’re happy to say that collecting your spouse’s Social Security benefits will not impact the amount of benefits he or she will receive. If you have any additional questions about Social Security benefits and divorce, or you would like to get the divorce process started, please do not hesitate to give us a call today.

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Divorce and family law issues are notoriously complicated and personal, which is why you must hire an attorney with years of experience, as well as the compassion and skill needed to handle these sensitive matters. For the qualified, dedicated legal representation you and your family deserve and need, contact Zitser Family Law Group, APC today.

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