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What Happens To My Benefits If I Remarry?

I am 81 (82 in March), and a widow living with a man I would consider marrying if situation arose. I am collecting 1st husband S.S. (23 yr marriage). If situation arose to marry present partner, what would happen to my present S.S.? Would appreciate your input. Thank you, Joan.


No worries. Widow's benefits do not terminate, nor are they reduced, if the widow remarries after reaching age 60. So, you will continue to receive your widow's benefits if you remarry, and it's even possible that you could become entitled to a higher benefit on the account of you new husband at some point.

Best, Jerry

Sep 25 2016 - 11:00am
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