The government's standards for applying for Social Security based on your ex-employment spouse's history are as follows:
You have at least 62 years of age and are not wed.You were previously married to a Social Security beneficiary.
Before the divorce was legally finalized, you were wed to that individual for at least ten years.Higher retirement or disability benefits are not due to you.
If you fulfill these criteria, you can submit a claim without telling your ex-spouse. Just provide evidence of the marriage, please.
You will get half of your ex-retirement spouse's or disability benefits if you apply for benefits at full retirement age. Your gain will be lessened if you choose to file early.
In addition, if you were born before January 2, 1954, and you reach full retirement age, you have the option of deferring your own benefits in favor of those of your ex-spouse.