There are some very specific requirements to be entitled to disability widows, widowers, or surviving divorce spouse benefits. The Social Security rules require the you must be at least 50 years old and you have health problems that:
1. Keep you from doing substantial work.
2. Expected to last for at least twelve months in a row or result in death.
3. Start with the latest of:
a. The month your spouse died.
b. The month your Social Security benefit as a plan ended
c. The month of your earlier period of your Widow disability benefits ended.
If you have any questions regarding your entitlement to disabled widows, widowers or surviving divorce spouse benefits contact Sharon Barrett, Tampa Bay’s Social Security Disability attorney.