Ex’s salary impacts Social Security

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My former wife and I were married for 13 years. She is a pharmacist and she made twice as much as I did for our entire marriage.

Is it true that my Social Security will be based on her salary?


You are entitled to receive benefits as a divorced spouse on your ex-wife’s Social Security employment record if you haven’t remarried and you’re not entitled to a higher Social Security benefit based on your own record. You also have to have been married for at least 10 years — it sounds like you’re covered there.

The Social Security Administration has a calculator on its
Web site that you might find helpful. It allows you to estimate your benefits.

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