Can Your Ex-Spouse Receive Benefits Based on Your Oregon Social Security Disability (SSD) Payments?

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If you are receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, those benefits may also be available for other qualifying members of your family, including your spouse and minor children. This is true even for a spouse after you divorce.

Oregon SSD Spouse Benefit Qualification

If your spouse is applying for benefits while married, they must provide a Social Security number and a birth certificate. They may also need to provide proof of marriage and dates of any prior marriages.

Oregon SSD Benefits After Divorce

Having an ex-spouse that qualifies for benefits will not impact the amount of your monthly benefits.

Even if you have remarried, it is still possible that your ex-spouse qualifies to receive benefits based on your benefits entitlement.

For an ex-spouse to qualify for SSD benefits on your record, you must be retired, disabled, or age 62, and they must:

  • have been married to you for at least 10 years;
  • be at least 62 years old, or caring for a child under 16, or caring for a disabled child;
  • be unmarried.Tax considerations also come into play, so it’s crucial to consult a CPA about how your tax picture could look following a divorce.


Many Oregonians have ex-spouses that continue to receive benefits after a divorce. Updating your and your family’s information with the Social Security Administration can feel overwhelming. An attorney can help you ensure that you and your ex-spouse are set up to get the SSD payments you need and deserve. Call the team at Drew L. Johnson, P.C. today at (541) 434-6466 to schedule a free consultation and learn more.