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When Is My Wife Eligible for Spouse's Benefits?

Hi,
I am 61, born on Jan 2, 1955, and my wife turned 65 Nov 23, 1015. My wife home schooled our 3 children and never worked enough to collect social security, while I understand that I will be eligible to start collecting full social security in March, 2021. I do not plan to start collecting my social security until full retirement age or later. When will my wife be able to collect 50% of my benefits, and what will we need to do to get that started?
Thanks for helping!

Bruce,
Your wife becomes eligible for her spouse's benefit when you file for your retirement benefit. You'll need to file applications for both benefits.
Best,
Mike

Posted: 
Jul 6 2016 - 12:15pm
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