by Alexandra Mulé
If you contributed to Social Security during your career you are entitled to benefits that will be based off of your earning history. If both you and your spouse worked throughout the marriage and now you are in the middle of a divorce you, the lower-earning spouse will be entitled to a portion of the ex-spouses Social Security benefits if the couple were married for at least 10 years prior to the divorce. The divorced spouse may collect on the ex-spouses account if they are at least 62 years old and currently single.
The divorcing spouse is entitled to a percentage of their former spouses’ benefits. The maximum percentage the divorcing spouse may be entitled to is 50%. However, if you remarry Social Security will be notified and the benefit will end.