Social Security Benefits and Divorce
No matter how civil or peaceful the divorce may be between two former spouses, the division of property component of the proceedings can be very detailed and even complicated. Community property is divided evenly in the state of Texas, including all assets and debts like homes, automobiles, furniture, and any other property the couple acquired during the marriage. Because of this, couples may also have to divide Social Security benefits.
If you depend on Social Security benefit payments, this may be one of the most important parts of the division process. To make sure you protect the benefits you need, consult a qualified legal professional and discuss your legal options. Contact the Denton property division lawyers of Alexander & Associates today at 972-420-6560 and schedule a consultation.
Requirements for Social Security and Divorce
In the majority of cases, couples divide Social Security checks evenly. However, the following requirements must be met in order to qualify for your former spouse’s benefits:
- You have to be single
- You must be at least 62 years of age
- You and your former spouse had to be married for at least 10 years
- You are currently ineligible for Social Security benefits of your own
At age 66, you can draw 50% of your ex-partner’s benefits. Until then, you are only eligible for up to 35% of the payments. However, these are only a few of the requirements for Social Security spousal benefits, so it is important to discuss your situation with an attorney.
At Alexander & Associates, our Denton property division attorneys will help you every step of the way during your divorce and division of property process. Call our offices today at 972-420-6560 to learn more about how we can protect your rights during divorce.
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