How Much Can an Ex-Spouse Collect in Social Security Benefits?

How Much Can an Ex-Spouse Collect in Social Security Benefits?

A divorced individual who meets certain criteria is entitled to collect 50 percent of his or her ex-spouse's full retirement benefit if it is claimed at full retirement age, according to the Social Security Administration. Claiming this benefit has no effect on the benefits the ex-spouse receives.

The ex-spousal benefit is only available to those who were married for 10 years or longer and who have been divorced for two years or longer, the Social Security Administration explains. In addition, the benefit is only available to those who are 62 years of age or older, unmarried and unable to claim a larger benefit based on their own working record.