I was divorced in 1985 (legally married 9yrs/5mos). Before that there was a common-law marriage from 1966-76; we held ourselves out to be married, I used his surname, purchased a home together and filed joint taxes. I have never remarried and have always been a homemaker. Can I apply for Social Security Spousal benefits? I know that it depends if the State of California recognized common-law (1966-76), but I have been unable to determine this.