I’m a widow with an ex-husband. Can I collect from his Social Security?

Published: June 8, 2022

Hi there,

Widows and Widowers may be eligible for survivor benefits from a previous marriage; however, the answer is not a simple one.

In cases like this it is not always a one size fits all answer. Ex-spousal survivor benefits depend on the age you begin taking them, what your own benefit is, how long you were married, if you have re-married, and many others.

In situations like this, it is important to consult with an RSSA who can help you understand when and how much you are eligible for! Without understanding more about your individual circumstances, it is hard to give a precise answer.

Take care,

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