Surprise, AZ asked in Social Security for Arizona

Q: Was divorced after 20 years of marriage. Does my ex have to draw social security when he is retirement age?

If he decides to continue working after 65, is it possible for me to draw his social security before him. I'm 59 now and he's 58. I don't mind working till I'm 62 or 65 but I have osteoarthritis in my knees and was wondering how much longer I need to work?

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Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: This is the Social Security Administration page for you as a divorced spouse. You may be able to receive benefits before your ex-husband, but there is a reduction if you request them before your full retirement age. You should also look into disability payments for yourself, on your own work record, if your knee problems are interfering seriously with your ability to work - it will depend on what actually is wrong with your knees, what work you are doing now and have done in the last 15+ years, and what your doctors (if you are receiving medical care) will recommend about your work activities

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