Does an Ex-Wife Get an Ex-Husband's Social Security Benefits?

Living Ex-Husband

An ex-wife can receive benefits if she was married 10 years or more, has not remarried, is at least 62 years old and the benefits she receives based on her ex-husband’s employment record is more than benefits under her work record. The ex-husband must also be eligible to receive Social Security retirement or disability payments. She can also receive benefits if the ex-husband is at least 62 years old, is eligible for benefits but has not applied, and has been divorced at least two years.

Senior woman

Deceased Ex-Husband

An ex-wife can receive benefits if her husband is deceased and she is age 60 or 50 and disabled, the marriage lasted 10 years, and her individual entitlements are less than the benefits she would receive under his work record.

Senior woman


The ex-wife of any age can receive benefits from a deceased ex-husband if they share a child, natural or adopted, who is younger than 16 or disabled and eligible for benefits. The ex-wife’s benefits will continue until the child turns 16 or is no longer considered disabled. There is no length of marriage restriction.

Mom with child