Can My Wife Receive Spousal Benefits From My Record Before I Reach Age 62?

Mar 12 2020 - 5:20pm

Hi Larry,
My wife is 62 and I will be 62 in Dec this year. She wants to start drawing her social security now. I will wait until I am FRA to draw mine. Can she also receive benefits as a spouse from my record before I reach 62?


No, the soonest that your wife could receive spousal benefits is when you start drawing your benefits. And, she'll only qualify for spousal benefits if 50% of your primary insurance amount (PIA) is higher than her own PIA. A person's PIA is equal to the amount of their Social Security retirement benefit if they start drawing at full retirement age (FRA).

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Best, Jerry