HomeDisabilityI AM 66 YRS OLD & ON SS DISABILITY. I WOULD LIKE TO APPLY FOR EX-SPOUSAL BENEFITS IN THE HOPES I COULD INCREASE MY BENEFIT AMOUNT.
I AM 66 YRS OLD & ON SS DISABILITY. I WOULD LIKE TO APPLY FOR EX-SPOUSAL BENEFITS IN THE HOPES I COULD INCREASE MY BENEFIT AMOUNT.
May 30, 2023
Q) I AM 66 YRS OLD & ON SS DISABILITY. I WOULD LIKE TO APPLY FOR EX-SPOUSAL BENEFITS IN THE HOPES I COULD INCREASE MY BENEFIT AMOUNT. (WE WERE MARRIED 18 YRS). I CANNOT GET THRU VIA PHONE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. DO I NEED TO GO TO YOUR CLEARWATER OFFICE IN PERSON? I LIVE IN LARGO, FL. THANKS IN ADVANCE, SJ
A) I don’t have access to personal data about individuals. I can provide general information to help guide you, but it’s important to consult with the Social Security Administration (SSA) directly for personalized assistance regarding your specific situation.
To apply for ex-spousal benefits based on your former spouse’s earnings record, you have a few options:
Online Application: You can apply for Social Security benefits, including ex-spousal benefits, online through the SSA’s website. Visit www.ssa.gov and navigate to the “Apply for Benefits” section to begin the application process.
Phone Appointment: If you’re having difficulty reaching the SSA by phone, you can try scheduling an appointment by calling the national SSA toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). They can assist you in scheduling an appointment or provide further guidance.
In-Person Visit: If you prefer to apply in person, you can visit your local Social Security office. In your case, since you live in Largo, FL, you can visit the Clearwater Social Security office. It’s advisable to check the office’s operating hours and availability before visiting to ensure they are open and can accommodate your needs.
When visiting the office, it’s a good idea to bring relevant documents, such as your birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce decree, and any other documentation related to your eligibility for ex-spousal benefits.
Please keep in mind that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Social Security offices may have adjusted their operations or have specific protocols in place. It’s recommended to check the SSA’s website or call the local office in advance to confirm their procedures and any appointment requirements.
I hope this information helps, and I wish you success in applying for ex-spousal benefits.