12/31/2012 02:42 pm ET

How Does Divorce Affect Social Security Benefits?

My husband and I are getting divorced after 24 years. I'm 59 and on disability; he's 65 and not yet retired. He says that after the divorce I can collect on his Social Security, which will be higher than my disability benefits. Is that correct? Also, would I be able to collect on his Social Security after his death? — Name withheld

Based on your information you may be eligible for future benefits once you turn 62, says Kia Green Anderson of the Social Security Administration's press office.

According to Anderson, a person can receive benefits from a divorced spouse's Social Security benefits if they were married for at least 10 years, are 62 years of age, are currently unmarried and aren't entitled to a higher benefit based on their own record.

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