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Am I Eligible for Social Security Benefits if I Have Been Divorced?

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Social Security benefits can be confusing for divorced individuals. There are several important and unique issues that must be considered before filing a claim to collect Social Security benefits.


This flowchart addresses these common Social Security issues that arise for those who have experienced a divorce, including:


  • How the length of a marriage affects eligibility
  • Impact of multiple divorces
  • How the time since the divorce occurred affects eligibility
  • Age that benefits can be collected
  • Possible reduction in benefits if collected before Full Retirement Age
  • Impact of a remarriage

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