It is possible for an ex-spouse to collect survivor’s benefits. However, there are a few requirements…
A deceased worker’s former spouse who is age 60 or older can get benefits if the marriage lasted at least 10 years. If the former spouse is disabled, the age requirement drops down to 50. Please remember that the marriage must last at least 10 years.
If the former spouse is caring for their child, aged younger than 16 and who is disabled, they do not have to meet the age or “length of marriage” rules. The benefits that will be available will be based on the deceased parent’s work. The term child, for Social Security Administration’s purposes, will include both natural and a legally adopted child.
These benefits should be easily available by contacting the Social Security Administration directly. If you have been denied Survivor’s benefits, feel free to contact us for help!