Am I Eligible for Social Security Benefits If I’m Divorced?

Social Security benefits can be confusing for a divorced client. There are several important and unique issues that must be considered before filing a claim to collect Social Security benefits.

To help make the analysis easier, we have created the “Am I Eligible for Social Security Benefits If I’m Divorced?” flowchart. It addresses these common Social Security issues that arise for clients who have experienced a divorce:

  • How the length of a marriage affects eligibility
  • Impact of multiple divorces
  • How the time since the divorce occurred affects eligibility
  • Age that benefits can be collected
  • Possible reduction in benefits if collected before Full Retirement Age
  • Impact of a remarriage

Updated 6/23/2020