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Widow's Benefits

Will My Husband's FERS Retirement Affect My Ability To Receive Widow's Benefits At Age 60?


My husband is a Federal Firefighter and qualifies for special category retirement. We are currently preparing for him to retire in the next 18 months. We have some concerns because he will be retiring early and need to make sure in the event he does pass away I would qualify for widow benefits at 60 even though I would be getting a 25% benefit from his FERS annuity. Will the annuity or the fact he retires special category have any effect on me receiving widow benefits at age 60 if they are needed.

Thank you!

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 07:40

Is It True That I Can't Get Widow's Benefits Until I'm Age 60?

I'm 58 my husband pass in nov 2 2013 a lot pleo said I can't draw off my husband untill I'm 60. Is this true.


Yes, unless you are disabled or have an eligible child in your care, the earliest that you could qualify for Social Security widow's benefits is age 60 (

Best, Jerry

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 07:09

Is What I Was Told True?

My husband passed away in February 2017. He was 65 and had collected one SS payment. I just turned 62 in August. I was recently told that as a widow, I could move to a different "level" than what I would normally get if I retired at 62 being married. Is that true? My retirement SS is higher than what my husband's.


I'm sorry for your loss.

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 06:48

Is It Correct That I Couldn't Receive Benefits On My First Husband's Record After My Second Husband's Death?

my first husband died in 1998 I got his social security because I were on s s disability I remarried at 61 I still got my first husband widower benefit, My second husband had a hearth attack he pass in 2011 I was told I could not continue to receive my first husband benefit is that correct?


I'm sorry for your loss.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 08:24

Will My Domestic Partnership Affect My Ability To Receive Widow's Benefits?

Hi Larry I have a question I. 61 and i work part time I was planning to take my widows benifits next June when I'm 62 it'll be 1700 a month I also am dating someone who put me on his medical threw his work . But we had to fill out demestic partner ship papers will this affect my widows benifits thank you cindee

Hi Cindee,

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 06:54

Will I Be Eligible To Collect Widow's Benefits When I Turn Age 60?

My husband was on Social Security Disability from 2002 until he died in December 2016, just shy of his 62nd birthday. I was 53 at the time of his death and I am now 54 years old. I have no dependent children under the age of 18. Will I be eligible to collect Widow/Survivors Benefits when I turn 60? I have always worked and I believe that my earnings will be higher than his when I reach retirement age.

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 07:04

Is It True That A Widow's FRA Is Different Than A Regular FRA?

Hi Larry,

My father (58) passed recently and I am looking to maximize social security for my mother (65). She is currently collecting Social Security disability which is roughly 40% the amount my father's FRA amount would be. My plan was to wait until her listed FRA (66) to collect my father's FRA amount. However, I recently came across a couple websites saying that the Widow FRA is not the same as their regular FRA and that it is two years earlier. Can you confirm or deny this is true?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 08:18

What Happens When I Turn Age 65?

I am receiving widow's benefits $1400 @ month I am turning 65 next year (2018) what happens then , will I lose the widow benefits or can I wait to 66 to claim social security benefits. I am scare since this is my only source of income and I don't want to make any mistakes because is confusing... Thank you!!!


Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 08:31
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