Widow's Benefits

Can I Still Receive Widow's Benefits If I Enter Into A Domestic Partnership Prior To Age 60?

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I am 59. A widow. If I entered in a domestic partnership can I still receive widow benefits

Hi,

Yes, as long as your domestic partnership isn't considered as a legal marriage under the laws of your state. And, of course, you'd also need to meet the other requirements for widow's benefits, which can be found in the following section of Social Security's handbook: https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/handbook/handbook.04/handbook-0401.html.

If I Get Married And Die Before My Wife Will She Be Able To Collect Half Of My Benefits When She Reaches A Certain Age?

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I am a widower for over 2 years (my wife passed away) and I have been collecting my social security benefit for 6 years.
I have been seeing and may marry a woman much younger (she is 46 years old) and she has never worked. She is just getting her US citizenship. I don't want her to work now, since I'm now retired.
Assuming I die before her, will she be able to collect 1/2 of my benefits when she turns a certain age?

Hi,

If I Start Drawing Reduced Widow's Benefits At Age 60 Can I Still Receive My Husband's Full Rate When I Reach Age 67?

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My husband just passed away at 67. I am 57 and still working. He qualified for disability benefits at around 62 which was equal to his regular retirement benefit of $2,054.40. He made more money than I did and I plan to file on his benefit and we have been married 18 years, If I take a widows benefit at age 60 I understand it is a reduced benefit. My question is when I reach full retirement age (67)? can I receive the full amount based on his work history? Is the widows benefit calculated on his earnings or mine?

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Does What My Friend Was Told By Social Security Seem To Be Correct?

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I am helping my sister with claiming her widow social security benefits, and am trying to understand what her benefit eligibility is. She is currently 62 years old and is eligible for her own Social Security Benefit based on her work history. Her full retirement age is 66 years 6 months.

Her spouse died at age 64 in January 2019. He was disabled and began receiving a disability benefit 9/1/2018 of $2390 per month.

Is It True That I Can't Claim Widow's Benefits If I'm Now Married?

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I am a widow and remarried at age 60. I am now being told I cannot claim survivors benefits cause I am now married. Is this true?

Hi,

Not if you remarried on or after your 60th birthday. A marriage that occurs at or after age 60 does not bar eligibility for widow's benefits. However, if you're remarried and your current marriage took place before you reached age 60 then you couldn't qualify for widow's benefits on a former spouse's record as long as your current marriage continues.

Best, Jerry

Would My Widow's Benefit Rate Be Increased If I Don't Receive Some Of My Benefits Due To Excess Earnings?

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If I am to start to receive widow social security benefits at age 60 in 2019. I understand that If I get a job and earn more than the amount allowed under Social Security's earnings test my benefits will be either fully or partially suspended due to my excess earnings. So say, I had no job in 2019, but made $20,000 in 2020 and $70,000 in 2021, but expect to have no earnings in the years after 2021.

Is What We Were Told Correct?

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Hi Larry,

My husband filed for benefits today. He had 2 years of DRC's We were told that If I file for Spouse benefits now at 63 I will not be get his DRC's as a Widow no matter what my age is if he passes before I do. They say that bullet point C below explains this permanent reduction. Is this correct?

Thanks so much!

Amount of Widow(er)'s Insurance Benefit
407.1How is the widow(er)'s benefit rate computed?