A divorced widow receives payments from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board if she meets certain conditions. Generally, the marriage must have lasted for at least 10 years, explains the Social Security Administration and the Railroad Retirement Handbook.
The divorced widow receives benefits even if she marries again after the age of 60. The minimum age requirements for a widow's benefits to start is 62. However, if the worker dies and the divorced spouse cares for their child under the age of 16, she receives benefits regardless of her age or the length of their marriage, provided she has not remarried, explains the Social Security Administration.