Can My Deceased Father's Common Law Wife Claim His Benefits?

Jul 25 2017 - 7:15pm

Can my deceased father's common law wife claim his social security benefits? She is a Canadian citizen.


I can't answer that question without much more information. Canadian citizens can be eligible for widow's benefits from Social Security, but they must meet all of the requirements for entitlement (

Furthermore, in the case of a common law marriage, Social Security must establish that the marriage was legal under state law if it occurred in the U.S. (, or in the applicable province if it occurred in Canada (

Best, Jerry