General term alimony terminates when the spouse paying alimony reaches “full retirement age.” Full retirement age is the age at which the payor is eligible for full Social Security retirement benefits.
If you were born in 1944 or earlier, you are already eligible for your full Social Security benefit. If you were born from 1943 to 1960, the age at which full retirement benefits are payable increases gradually to age 67. The following chart lists the full retirement age by year of birth.
Age to receive full Social Security benefits
Year of birth
Full retirement age
66 and 2 months
66 and 4 months
66 and 6 months
66 and 8 months
66 and 10 months
1960 and later
Note: People who were born on January 1 of any year should refer to the previous year