How will my divorce affect my pension benefits?If you are divorced, but your marriage lasted 10 years or longer, you can receive benefits on your ex-spouse’s record (even if he or she has remarried) if:
- You are unmarried;
- You are age 62 or older;
- The benefit you are entitled to receive based on your own work is less than the benefit you would receive based on your ex-spouse’s work; and
- Your ex-spouse is entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits.
- the benefit on his or her record is a higher amount, you will get a combination of benefits that equals that higher amount (reduced for age).
- you have reached full retirement age and you are eligible for a spouse’s benefit and your own retirement benefit, you have a choice.
- continue to work while receiving benefits, the retirement benefit earnings limit still applies. If you are eligible for benefits this year and are still working, you can use our earnings test calculator to see how those earnings would affect your benefit payments.
- will also receive a pension based on work not covered by Social Security, such as government or foreign work, your Social Security benefit on your ex-spouse’s record may be affected.