Unfortunately, adults who live together but are not married are not eligible to receive payments on the basis of disabled person with whom he or she lives. But see the section on common-law marriage!
Benefits for Ex-Spouses
If you are an ex-spouse, you can get all the benefits that a spouse can get, if
- you were married to your ex-spouse for 10 years in a row; and
- If you are either
- Not now married, or,
- For survivor’s benefits, any remarriage came after you turned 60 years old.
- For retirement benefits either
- Your ex-spouse must be drawing benefits, or
- You must have been divorced for 2 years
One odd thing about ex-spouse’s benefits is that your benefits are not reduced by any benefits that your former spouse’s current spouse, or other ex-spouse(s) get.
As with any benefit, if you are entitled to several sorts of checks
- the most you can draw is the amount you would get under the largest check you are entitled to, but
- you can choose whichever check you want to draw.