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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Can My Ex Take My Social Security Benefits?

 

 

There are some circumstances in which your ex-spouse is entitled to your social security benefits. Many people are not aware of this fact and are then surprised when they are faced with this situation. Learn how your ex-spouse can use these benefits so it does not come as a surprise later on.

Most rules depend on the length of your marriage. For example, if you and your ex were married for more than 10 years, it is likely that they qualify for your spousal and survivor benefits. They qualify for these benefits once they hit age 62. However, it all depends on you. If you have not filed for your benefits, your ex cannot either. The loophole is that if you are eligible to receive your benefits but have not yet done so, your ex can still do so.

For the most part, people have no idea that their social security benefits can go to their ex-spouse, but the truth is that they can use almost all of the benefits you qualify for. Being informed can keep you prepared.


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