> Social Security Independently Entitled Divorced Spouse's Benefits
These are benefits paid to divorced spouses of workers who are receiving (or are eligible to receive) Social Security benefits.
General Program Requirements:
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 62 years old and not currently married
- Be divorced from a person who receives Social Security retirement or disability benefits
- Have been married to that person for at least 10 years before the date the divorce became final
- Not be getting a higher Social Security retirement benefit based on your own work.
If you would like to find out if you may be eligible for any of the benefits SSA administers, visit
Once you have completed the eligibility screening questionnaire, you will be provided with a list of benefits for which you may be eligible. Print this page for your records before going to the application site.
Once you know which benefits you can apply for, to apply online, go to
You can also call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778) for additional information about SSA benefits and for application information.
Program Contact Information:
For more information on this and any SSA benefit, call:
1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)
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U.S. Social Security Administration