Question: I am 68 years and my domestic partner is 65. I was in social security disability when I retired from the University as a full Professor. If I die before her can she claim any benefits from my social security, She receives her own benefits but she get $253 less than I do. I also receive a pension from the University. If I die first she will not be able to afford staying in our home. Response: Unfortunately, your domestic partner would not be eligible for Social Security Survivor benefits because he/she is not your spouse under federal law. Social Security Survivor benefits are for widows, widowers, and divorced spouses. For more information on Social Security Survivor benefits, click on the link below: http://www.ssa.gov/survivorplan/onyourown2.htm
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