Do divorced women get widow's pension

Discussion in 'Welfare and state benefits' started by woods, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. woods

    woods Frequent Poster

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    I recently heard on the radio that if you are divorced and your X-husband dies you will still get the widow's pension.
    Can any person confirm this or dispute it.
    Thanks
     
  2. Maggs065

    Maggs065 Frequent Poster

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    And if the ex-husband has since married does that mean he has two widows or three or four.....
     
  3. woods

    woods Frequent Poster

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    That is my reaction exactly but maybe the laws of the country have not caught up with the changes yet.
     
  4. gipimann

    gipimann Frequent Poster

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    Yes, it's true for State (social welfare) pensions. Occupational pensions would be subject to the arrangments made at the time of separation/divorce.

    If a divorced woman would have been entitled to the Widow's pension had she remained married to the deceased, the entitlement remains after divorce provided she is not cohabiting or remarried.

    It applies to widowers too, by the way!

    In the case of a couple who divorce, where the man remarries and dies, both wives would receive the pension.

    I think it was the compromise which had to be made to get the divorce legislation through back in 1996.

    Have a look here for information on Widow/er Pensions.
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2009
  5. woods

    woods Frequent Poster

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    Thanks.
     
  6. melody

    melody Registered User

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    hi , yes i was divorced and my ex had remarried ,both his new wife and i get the widows pension .
     
  7. ivannomonet

    ivannomonet Frequent Poster

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    Does a re-married man get it if his exwife ,not remarried, dies?
     
  8. Black Sheep

    Black Sheep Frequent Poster

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    Nope

    He has re-married