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Can You Collect Social Security on Your Ex's Earnings Record?

S.17 Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 11:35 AM
If only our founding fathers could read this and witness their utter, abject failure.

Dear Carrie: I'm divorced. I've heard that I might still be entitled to a Social Security benefit from my ex. How does that work? -- A Reader

Dear Reader: What you heard is correct. Even though you're divorced, it's still possible to collect benefits on an ex-spouse's Social Security record. However, the operative word here is possible because there are definite qualifications you must meet in order to do so. The basic qualifications are pretty straightforward, but there are a few permutations you'll need to be aware of to determine if and when collecting spousal benefits on your ex is the right move...

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