If you were married ten years or longer, you may receive social security benefits as a widow or widower if your ex-spouse dies, even after your divorce and even after your ex-spouse remarries. Benefits paid to a surviving, divorced spouse who is 60 or older will not affect the benefit rates for other survivors receiving benefits; meaning your children’s benefits won’t be affected if you are over 60. If you remarry before you turn 60, you lose the entitlement to survivor’s benefits from your former spouse unless your later marriage ends before the death of your former spouse. If you remarry after age 60, you may still collect benefits on your former spouse’s record. For more information see: www.ssa.gov.
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