Will My Girlfriend Lose Her Widow's Benefits If We Get Married?

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Oct 15 2017 - 7:00am

im 73, my girl friend is 76. we want togged married and not live in sin. what happens to her SS?
She is a widow and didn't work very much so her personal amount is very low. I can't provide for both of us if she loses her husbands benefits. what options do we have.

Hi,

If your girlfriend receives Social Security widow's and/or retirement benefits, getting married wouldn't have any effect on her benefits since she is over age 60 (https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/handbook/handbook.04/handbook-0406.html).

Best, Jerry