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If my benefits are much less then my husbands (due to being

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if my benefits are much less then my husbands (due to being unemployed as I raised three children at home, should my ss benefits be based on a percentage of my husband's rather than my own earnings?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  PDtax replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  PDtax replied 1 year ago.

When it is time for you to claim benefits, you will be eligible for spousal benefits based on your husband's work history. This is a 'free' benefit to you, since it does not reduce his benefit at all. If at full retirement, he receives a $2,000 per month benefit, you could, at full retirement, be eligible for a $1,000 per month benefit for you.

Expert:  PDtax replied 1 year ago.

You have to apply for spousal benefits, and otherwise qualify (length of marriage and some other qualifications).

http://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/applying6.html is a link to the SSA introductory web page about spousal benefits.

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