Survivor Benefits

Am I Out Of Luck?

I was married for 9 3/4 years. No one told me to hang on for 3 more months to make it a 10-year marriage. After many years alone, I found the love of my life. Our accountants told us not to marry due to tax reasons because I was still working full time and making good money while he was collecting Social Security and had a small income from an annuity. My love passed away unexpectedly when I was 55.

Can More Than One Surviving Spouse Or Ex-Spouse Receive Benefits?

My mom and dad were married 14 years a long time ago. My dad and his 3rd wife for over 10. My dad died. Do both women collect on his social security? and if so, does it diminish what the other "wife" gets? Or do they both get the same amount ... and do they both have to know the other is benefitting?

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Can I Still Get Benefits On My Late Husband's Record In The Future If I Draw Survivor Benefits Now?

Hi. I am 40 and currently receiving Survivor benefits for my 3 young children and I. Once the children age out, I understand the benefits will end. So, where does that leave me for retirement? Can I still get my late husband's retirement benefits at 65 or will I not receive them since I already collected due to his death and caring for our children. He was the sole provider for our family. Thank you!

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Am I Now Eligible To Receive Survivor Benefits?

Hello, my husband passed away earlier this year. My two kids are approved to receive survivor's benefits but I was declined due to my income. I am about to be laid off from my job. Am I now eligible to receive survivor's benefits as his surviving spouse? And if so, would this be in lieu of unemployment insurance from the government?

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Who Gets To Draw Benefits As A Surviving Spouse?

My Husband has married 2 women and we are still married if he dies who gets to draw on his SSI ?

Hi,

Potentially, both of you. A widow can be eligible for benefits based on a marriage lasting at least 9 months, whereas a divorced spouse must have been married to their deceased ex-spouse for a minimum of 10 years in order to qualify for surviving divorced spousal benefits. There is no limit on how many surviving divorced spouses may qualify for benefits on the same record as a widow.