Can husband collect on deceased x-wife Social Security?
I found this information on the internet:
The ex-spouse may be eligible for widow or widower’s benefits after the ex-spouse dies. “Someone who has been married to more than one person for at least 10 years and is now unmarried or a widow or widower, can collect survivor’s benefits on the ex-spouse who has the highest earning work record,” Epstein said. “Each person can only get one check.”
So if there are multiple marriages, the person must pick which work record on which they want to collect. Obviously, they want to pick the work record that will get them the largest check. If a person remarries before the age of 60, they can’t collect on an ex-spouse’s record unless that second marriage also ends in divorce or from death of the second spouse.
The one exception is a divorced spouse who is collecting disability benefits can remarry as early as age 50 and still collect survivor’s benefits.