Widow's Benefits

How Does Remarriage Affect Entitlement To Widow's Benefits On The Account Of A Former Spouse?

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As a widow, am I entitled to my husband's social security though I remarried at the age of 54? And if things don't workout in my marry, if I divorce, am I entitled to my deceased husband's social security? And, if I decide to remarry again will my deceased husband's social security benefits cease?

Thank you!

Hi,

Am I Eligible For Any Additional Benefits?

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I my husband of 30 years died in 20022l

He W 20 years old er than me
Quit my. Job to take caRe of him..I.later w las SO DEPRESSED I.got disability ss. He died..I now have a 14 year.s/o.he has diavetid..Pad.can't do anything I do Everything. I am.so tired and have terrible back. I HURT ALL the time. I f. Eel I.should get some better benift OU r I have to go work HELP

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Do I Qualify For Any Widow's Benefits?

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I just turned 60 April 2017. My husband passed away 2001. I work full time and make around $40,000 per year. Do I qualify for any widow benefits?

Hi,

It sounds like you qualify for widow's benefits, but whether or not you could receive any benefits depends on your potential benefit rate. Social Security would withhold $1 of benefits for every $2 that you earn in excess of $16,920 this year (https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/whileworking2.html).

What Month Should My Benefits Start?

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Hey Larry, I just found out that I could apply for widow's benefits at the age of 60. I turned 60 in September, but I did not apply until February. Am I supposed to be paid from the date that I became eligible or the date that I applied?

Hi,

If you file for widow's benefits prior to full retirement age, you can't be paid for any month(s) prior to the month in which you apply for benefits.

Best, Jerry

If My Wife Takes Reduced Spousal Benefits, Would She Also Get A Reduced Widow's Benefit?

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I have looked over the internet for this answer but to no avail. Say, I take social security at age 66 and my wife files for social security at age 62 on my benefit (I believe she will receive 37.5% of my benefit, 1/2 - a percent deduction for early filing). My question is; If I die will she receive my FRA, i.e. the amount I was receiving or a reduced amount of my FRA due to the fact she started taking hers on my benefit at age 62? Example: My FRA at 66 is $2000, at 62 she will receive $750. If I die before her will she receive a reduced amount of the $2000 or the $2000?

Do I Meet The Requirements For Widow's Benefits?

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I need some help to figure out if I am eligible for Widow's Benefits. We were married Aug.5, 1989 and divorced May 14, 1998 but got back together almost immediately. When he became ill, we remarried on June 19, 1999 believing he was getting better but then he passed away Jan 5, 2000. I am now 64 and have never remarried but Social Security has refused benefits based on the rule that we were not married for 9 months before his death.