Am I Eligible for Social Security Benefits as a Divorced Individual?

Social Security benefits for a divorced individual can be confusing. There are several important and unique Social Security issues that must be addressed before any divorced individual begins to collect Social Security.

To help make it easier, we have made the “Am I Eligible for Social Security Benefits as a Divorced Individual?” flowchart available. It addresses these common Social Security issues that arise for clients who have experienced a divorce:

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

Updated for 2020

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