Remarriage And Social Security Benefits

The situation where the question of remarriage and Social Security benefits usually comes up is survivor’s benefits.

If you are the divorced spouse of a worker who dies, you could get benefits just the same as a widow or widower, provided that your marriage lasted 10 years or more.

Benefits paid to you as a surviving divorced spouse who meets the age or disability requirement as a widow or widower won’t affect the benefit rates for other survivors getting benefits on the worker’s record.

Note: If you remarry after you reach age 60 (age 50 if disabled), the remarriage will not affect your eligibility for survivors benefits.

Visit this page on Social Security’s website https://www.ssa.gov/planners/survivors/ifyou3.html or read our pamphlet called Survivors Benefits  https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10084.pdf.