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Social Security and Late-life Divorce

Many divorces come only a few short years after a couple marries. However, divorce is also somewhat common among older couples, many of whom have been together for decades. As can be expected, the issues that face those who are seeking a late-in-life divorce differ in some ways from other divorces. When it comes to Social Security benefits, there is no way for the court to divide them as they do assets. However, there are special rules regarding Social Security benefits for those who divorce later in life.

If you and your spouse are seeking a divorce, you may need the assistance of a qualified attorney. The Colleyville divorce attorneys of Alexander & Associates have the knowledge, experience, and skill to help clients seek the terms of a divorce that are acceptable to them. For a free consultation, contact us today at 817-756-4040.

Social Security Benefits

When it comes to Social Security benefits, they cannot be divided during a divorce as assets are. However, there are some important things to know about your Social Security benefits and divorce, including:

  • If you are older than 62 or your marriage lasted 10 or more years, you can receive some retirement benefits from your ex-spouse’s Social Security record.
  • Receiving these retirement benefits will not reduce the benefits received by your spouse
  • These benefits may reach up to half the amount received by your spouse
  • At the age of 62, you can start collecting retirement benefits from your own or your spouse’s record. You can switch to your own benefits, if they are higher, once you reach the full age for retirement

Additionally, you may be able to receive these benefits two years after your divorce even if your spouse is not receiving their benefits yet.

Contact Us

If you and your spouse have filed for divorce, contact a Colleyville divorce lawyer of Alexander & Associates today at 817-756-4040 to learn more about how we can help, especially in understanding the intricacies of dealing with Social Security after a divorce.