1718.1 When do you need to provide evidence that your prior marriage ended?
You may be required to provide evidence that your marriage ended if your right to benefits depends on:
The validity of a later marriage; or
The termination of a prior marriage.
If you are claiming benefits as a divorced spouse (see §311), you must establish that the marriage lasted for at least 10 years before the divorce became effective.
1718.2 How does a marriage end?
A valid ceremonial or common-law marriage ends only by death, divorce, or annulment.
Last Revised: Mar. 12, 2009