Will My Social Security Benefits Be Reduced If I Receive Part Of My Ex-Husband's Federal Pension?

Apr 22 2017 - 8:38am

Hi
I am entitled to half my ex's pension benefits through a Federal Employee Pension Program once he retires. He will not collect Social Security as he did not pay into this system. I am age 62 in March 2018. I would like to begin collecting SS then which will be around $1100 per month.
When my ex retires will MY SS of $1100 a month be reduced by 2/3 due to me being eligible to recive half his pension for the 22 years we were married?
What if I am only entitled to some miniscule amount- say $500 from his pension per month? Will my $1100 per month then to reduced to say or $350 or so a month thru SS?
Thanks!
Charlene

Hi Charlene,

I have good news for you. You're mistaken if you believe that your Social Security benefit rate will be reduced by 2/3rds of the amount you receive from your ex-husband's federal pension. The Government Pension Offset (GPO) provision only applies if you receive a non-covered pension based on YOUR OWN government work (https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10007.pdf). So, any pension or portion thereof that you receive based on your ex-husband's government work will have no bearing on your Social Security benefit rate.

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Best, Jerry