People who are married and got divorced may be entitled to Social Security benefits from a divorced spouse under certain circumstances. Eligibility requirements are rather complex but, overall, you should be able to ascertain whether or not you qualify for these benefits.
If you were married to your former spouse for at least 10 years are currently unmarried and are not entitled to a higher Social Security benefit on your own, you may be able to receive divorced spouse benefits if you are over 62 years of age. If you’re not currently married, you may qualify and, if you were formerly remarried but that marriage ended, you may still qualify, under certain circumstances.
If you have other family members on the same record who do receive benefits, your receiving benefits will not affect what they receive. If you believe you may be entitled to these benefits, applying is certainly a good idea. Because of the complexities of this particular area of Social Security benefits, however, you may also want to consider contacting an attorney to represent you if you’re being denied benefits by the Social Security administration.
Why Is Applying Difficult?
It easy to look at the Social Security Administration as an adversary when you’re trying to get benefits and you seem to be getting resistance. In reality, however, the Social Security Administration has to make certain that you have followed the instructions for receiving benefits to the letter and that you qualify in every required way. This can be difficult to do and, unfortunately, there are many steps along the way to getting your benefits where you may be disqualified unfairly. If this happens, there is an appeals process that you can go through, but it is extremely involved and very difficult to navigate on your own.
You can sit down for a free consultation with good attorneys at no cost. This will give you an overview of what to expect if you use an attorney to help you get your spouse social security benefits. Whatever else you might expect, you can fully expect to have a better chance of getting your claims if you have an attorney with you. When it comes to understanding how a bureaucracy works, how complex laws and regulations work and how to properly file for benefits, you can’t really be what an attorney can offer. If you’re entitled to benefits, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t do everything you can to claim them.