Are you eligible for your ex's Social Security benefits after a divorce?

If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of couples who divorce each year

you may be wondering if you will be able to collect spousal Social Security benefits based on your ex's job record. 

According to Kurt Czarnowski, a principal of Czarnowski Consulting, a retirement planning firm

There are similarities and distinctions in the eligibility standards for ordinary spousal benefits and those for divorced spousal benefits.

Divorced Spouse Benefits are federally sponsored and administered by the United States Social Security Administration (SSA). 

Divorced spouses of workers receiving (or eligible for) Social Security benefits are eligible for these benefits.