I've been married to my husband for 7 1/2 yrs. We were married April 2013. We stopped living together consistently in May 2015 when he abandoned me and has not ever given me any financial support. We have no children together. He was receiving SSDI when we married and he also gets medicare/medicade. Even when we lived together he very rarely paid an electric bill which was the only bill he ever paid. Can I receive any of his benefits or is that only after death? HIS death
If you have not divorced, then it may be possible to receive benefits on his record, not out of his benefit, but on top of his benefit, but you would have to be at least 62 years old, or the mother of his child in your case under 16, and your benefits could be limited based on what you paid into SS on your own and also limited if you are still working.
If you are now divorced, not separated but divorced, and the marriage lasted less than 10 years, the answer is no. If you are thinking about a divorce, consider that ten year requirement as part of your planning. Your divorce attorney could explain that further.
If he dies while you are still married, then you are entitled to what any other surviving spouse would be entitled to and if you were married ten years and then divorced, you would also be entitled to those same survivor benefits.
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