Can I collect SSDI from my ex-spouse?

Published: September 28, 2023

Full question: My ex husband of 23 years is disabled and collects SSDI. I am single and have been caring for our disabled son solely since he was born and became his legal guardian when he turned 18. He is now 30 and still living with me, under my care. Since I am caring for my son and can’t leave him alone, can I also collect SSDI from my ex spouse? I am 58 years old. Thank you!

Hi there,

No, unless you are disabled yourself, you cannot collect SSDI. You may however be eligible to collect child-in-care (ex) spousal benefits since you are the caregiver of your disabled adult child.

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