If you’re receiving Social Security benefits from your ex-husband’s earnings records, remarriage affects your eligibility for these benefits. Roughly 50% of women remarry after a divorce, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and you should be aware of how those changing dynamics can affect your Social Security benefits.
The Social Security Administration’s rules regarding remarriage and benefit eligibility are similar to the rules for widows. Consider talking to a Virginia Beach divorce attorney to help fully understand how your benefits may be affected if you decide to remarry.
In general, if you remarry before the age of 60, you’ll no longer be eligible to receive the benefits from your first husband’s earning record. You can collect Social Security from your next husband’s earnings records, provided that marriage has lasted at least 10 years.
If you remarry after the age of 60, you can still receive Social Security benefits payments on your first husband’s record. If you’re disabled, that age limit is reduced to 50 years old. Then, when you turn 62 years old, you can choose to collect benefits from your new husband’s earnings record, if those earnings are higher than the benefits you receive from your first husband.
There are many important factors that affect Social Security benefit eligibility after your Virginia divorce. It’s vital that you don’t overlook or misinterpret the regulations and rules that affect your ability to receive those benefits.
Because government regulations can be tricky to fully understand, you’ll want to talk to a Virginia Beach divorce attorney about how to make sure you receive the Social Security benefits to which you’re entitled. Try to stay informed of your rights and learn all you can about the qualifications for receiving Social Security benefits after your Virginia divorce.
Contacting a Virginia Beach Divorce Attorney
Throughout your divorce proceedings, you’ll naturally have a lot of questions specific to your circumstances. Get your questions answered by requesting one of our FREE divorce guides for women, or reserving your seat at our monthly divorce seminar – 757-425-5200.
The Virginia Beach divorce attorneys at Hofheimer Family Law Firm are committed to fighting for your rights, assisting in child custody disputes, and advocating that you receive everything you are entitled to and need in order to start your new life.