Here is some helpful information to consider, especially if you are close to age 62 when you get divorced. When you are divorced, if your marriage lasted 10 years or longer you can receive benefits based on your ex-spouse’s work history record (even if he/she has remarried) if you meet the following criteria:
- you are 62 years old or above
- -you are unmarried at the time (never remarried or remarried but currently divorced/annulled/widowed)
- -your ex-spouse is entitled to Social Security
- -your ex-spouse’s benefit is higher than your own
There can be a lot of “government speak” about the rules, so it is always a good idea to talk to someone at Social Security or check out their website http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/yourdivspouse.htm to make sure you understand all the ins and outs of this benefit. Sometimes it makes more financial sense to not start collecting Social Security at age 62, even though you are eligible. The amount you receive may be higher when you have a later start date.
During a divorce you have to plan for your future, a future different than you had previously imagined. It is important that you take into consideration all the financial factors, including Social Security. At Westfield Mediation, LLC, we can help you do just that.
For more information about Divorce Mediation contact Randi M. Albert, JD, or Michelle Weinberg, LMFT, at Westfield Mediation, LLC, at 908.913.0373. View our website at www.westfieldnjmediation.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org