Can I Draw Widow's Benefits Even Though I'm Remarried?

Aug 9 2016 - 12:30pm

I am 63 and want to make the best decision about social security. My first husband died 18 years ago. I remarried 5 years ago (my husband is 59). Is it possible to claim my first husbands social security. He would be 69 now.

Hi,

No, you can't receive widow's benefits unless you are unmarried, or if remarried, the remarriage took place after you reached age 60.

The best filing strategy depends on a number of factors, so you may wish to consider running the maximization software available on this website in order to sort out what's best for you and your husband.

Best, Jerry