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What happens to Social Security benefits following divorce?

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Divorce can play a big role in potential benefits. It’s something that we see coming out of our checks and that many rely on as a source of income when they get older. But what happens to Social Security when it comes to divorce?

Jonathan Marks of the Marks Law Firm visits Fox 2 News to talk about it.

First, if you get divorced, you do not lose any of your own Social Security benefits. Whatever your work history, the benefits you have earned remained fully yours when you choose to retire.

What criteria do you have to meet to get benefits?
• You were married for at least 10 consecutive years
• You have been divorced for at least two years
• You have not remarried or your former spouse has died and you remarry after age 60, you can claim your former spouse’s benefit if it would be larger than your benefit.

Marks also specifies that should you remarry and divorce again, you can only collect benefits from one spouse based upon the larger benefit.