Disabled Widow’s Benefits - How to Claim
As part of its Disability Insurance Benefit program, Social Security permits disabled widow or widower to collect Title II disability benefits based on the earnings record of a deceased spouse.
In order to collect, the disabled widow(er) must:
- be disabled (i.e. meet the definition of disability for Social Security purposes)
- be between the ages of 50 and 60
- have become disabled within 7 years of his/her spouse’s death
If you meet these criteria, then you can and should apply for DIWB (disabled widow’s benefits) by calling SSA at 800-772-1213.
Widow’s benefits are designed to compensate stay at home moms (or dads) who did not earn money in the workplace, but who contributed to their families in non-monetary ways.
A disabled ex-spouse can collect on his/her former spouse’s earnings record if:
- you had been married to your former spouse for at least 10 years
- you have been divorced for at least two years
- you are at least 62 years old
- you are unmarried
- you are not otherwise eligible for higher benefits on your own or anotherâ€s earnings recor