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You can start drawing the spousal benefit immediately, but if your spouse passes away you need to have been married for at least 9 months.
Fine today, thanks! To clarify - I'm not asking about a survivor benefit, just wish to know with certainty how long a non-working spouse would have needed to be married to a spouse who has a benefit (based upon his own work history) in order to file for the restricted benefit (at the non-working spouse's age 62). The only info I have found so far is 'continuously for 12 months, with some exceptions'.
Yes, typically you would need to be married continuously for a year
Do you want to reconcile or clarify anything between the initial "you can start drawing the spousal benefit immediately" answer and the "continuously for a year" follow-up? I'm hoping for something as definitive/accurate as possible....
Yes, I re-read my manual and it was continuously for 12 months. I was reading about an exception, and it related to when your spouse passes
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