Couples in California who are considering divorce may want to think about their Social Security benefits. If a marriage lasts for at least 10 years, then an ex-spouse could, with a few exceptions, claim ex-spouse Social Security benefits upon reaching retirement age.
To qualify for the benefit, a person will need to present documentation to the Social Security Administration. Crucial documents include the marriage license and divorce decree. The dates on these official documents will determine the exact length of a marriage. If a person has not quite reached 10 years of marriage, financial experts recommend waiting to finalize the divorce until the decade mark has been passed. After meeting the requirements to receive a benefit, a person must wait for two years before claiming the benefits.