Ask Larry

Could My New Wife And Step Children Receive Benefits On My Record?

im 73 yo male collecting full benefits...looking to get a divorce and remarrying . a divorcee with 2 small children ages 4 and 7..will my ss benefits assist me in raising the 2 children and new wife..they are not from the united states..and if i passed away later in life will they be able to benefit from my ss... thank you..

Hi,

Whether or not your new wife and step-children could qualify to receive benefits on your record depends largely on their country of citizenship and residency. The following Social Security pamphlet contains information on this subject: https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10137.pdf.

Best, Jerry

Posted: 
Dec 4 2017 - 7:25am
MaxiFi software running on a laptop
Get What's Yours!
Discover tens of thousands in extra retirement dollars with Maximize My Social Security software!
  • Find your maximized strategy
  • Unlimited what-ifs
  • Step-by-Step filing instructions
  • Our software's lifetime-benefit increase for an illustrative couple earning $65K each and planning to take retirement benefits at 62.

    Results will differ based on your specific case and filing strategy.

Getting Started is Easy
Web-based software. Works on ALL browsers. No download.
$40 Annual Household License
$250 Annual Financial Advisor License