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Are There Any Other Benefits I Can Get?

I was married for 14 years then divorced. Later I remarried someone else. The 2nd husband died and I started collecting widows benefits at age 60. I am now 72. Are there any other benefits I can get?


Theoretically, at least, you could be eligible for a higher benefit on your own account, or on your first husband's record. You would only receive whichever benefit is highest, though. If you haven't checked this out with Social Security, you should do so ASAP.

If your first husband is still living, you would only be eligible for 1/2 of his full retirement age benefit amount (PIA), but if he's deceased or he dies before you, you could be eligible for his full rate. So, if he is still living, be sure to ask Social Security if you would be entitled to a higher benefit from his account in the event of his death.

Best, Jerry

Sep 13 2016 - 11:00am
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