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Social Security benefits after divorce in Massachusetts

When someone gets a divorce, they may assume that they do not have the right to claim spousal Social Security benefits. However, there are a number of situations where someone may still claim spousal benefits as well as survivor's benefits, and there are even circumstances where a person may be able to claim them if they remarried.

In general, people must have been married for at least 10 years to be eligible to claim their ex-spouse's benefits. There are some exceptions to the 10-year rule if a divorced individual is caring for a child that is under the age of 16 or is disabled. In these circumstances, it does not matter how long the marriage lasted.

In most cases, if someone divorces and then marries another individual, they will no longer be able to claim their ex-spouse's Social Security benefits due to the fact that they will be able to claim their current spouse's benefits. However, if someone marries again after they are 60, they have the ability to claim benefits from both spouses. It is important to note that unlike a situation where they have to wait for their spouse to claim benefits to also be able to claim benefits, people who are divorced and eligible to claim benefits may do so on their own timetable.

When a couple gets a divorce, there are a variety of ways that it can impact their financial situation. In addition to the issue of Social Security benefits, there are also the matters of spousal and child support as well as asset division. A lawyer may be able to help someone understand how these topics are handled by the law and help them seek an equitable outcome.

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