An Independent View of Social Security
Entitlement of a Surviving Divorced Wife or Husband
403.1 When is a surviving divorced wife or husband entitled to benefits on the worker's Social Security record?
You are entitled to surviving divorced wife's or husband's insurance benefits on the deceased worker's Social Security record if:
The worker died fully insured (see §203.1);
You are not married (see §406 for exceptions); and
You meet the requirements in §401 (C) and (D).
403.2 Who is a surviving divorced wife or husband?
You are a surviving divorced wife or husband if you were married to the worker for at least 10 years just before the date the divorce became final. You meet this definition even if you were divorced within the 10-year period, provided you remarried the worker no later than the calendar year after the year of the divorce.
Last Revised: Sep. 1, 2009
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