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You can claim spousal Social Security benefits even if you’re divorced — here’s how

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You can claim spousal Social Security benefits even if you’re divorced — here’s how

A recent email raised a question that I’m sure is prominent in many minds: How can I claim Social Security benefits off my ex-spouse’s earnings record? Spousal benefits are an important part of Social Security retirement benefits. A spousal benefit is available to provide for a spouse who has a lower benefit due to a lower earnings record over his or her lifetime.