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Widow(er) Benefits

Would I Lose My Widow's Benefits If I Remarry?

I am currently receiving widows benefits through Social Security. Would I loose that benefit if I were to remarry at any point in the future? I am currently 61 yrs old


No, remarriages at age 60 or later have no effect of a person's eligibility for widow(er)s or divorced survivor benefits (

Best, Jerry

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 11:27

Why Can't I Receive Surviving Spouse Benefits?

Hello, I filed for disability in 2008, It took over 2 years to get my 1st payment, it was exactly 1 month after my wife of 38 years passed away from cancer in November of 2010, we went through all our retirement savings, our 401K, paying for the cancer treatments, after my wife passed the SSA office told me that as I am on disability I am only entitled to $19 a month

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:19

If My Husband Files For His Benefits At Age 62 And I Die, What Would He Receive?

Hello! I am 61, presently collecting Social Security Disability for cancer diagnosis with 3-5 years anticipated lifespan. My husband is considering collecting SS on his record beginning at age 62. Our earnings records are comparable with his projected full retirement benefit about $100 more/month than mine. If he collects on his own record at 62, how would his benefit change when I die since I'm receiving SSD payment equal to my full retirement amount? Thanks for the help!


Monday, February 19, 2018 - 17:18

How Will My Widow's Benefits Be Affected If I Remarry?

I started taking widows SS at 60 years old for $1400/mo.
I'm in a relationship now and will consider marriage. How will my widows SS benefit be affected if I were to marry after I reached the age of 62?


No worries. Remarriages at or after age 60 have no effect on widow(er)'s benefits.

Our maximization software can help you determine if you could have other filing options with regard to benefits on your own or your new spouse's record.

Best, Jerry

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 12:42

Is What I Was Told True?

I wanted to start collecting widow's benefits last year when I turned 60.
I was told over the phone by local Soc. Sec. office that if I did that, I would
be collecting a monthly amount (79% of amount at actual retirement age benefit)
and it would stay that amount even when I reached actual retirement age.
Is this true?


Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 05:03
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