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Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney
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What's the best option? I'm in my second marriage and about

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What's the best option for me? I'm in my second marriage and about to exit that situation. We've only been married 5.5 years. My first marriage was 17 years, and after being divorced for years, he died. I'm now 65. I have a $52k+ job and have my own SS benefits accruing, which currently would be about $1700/month, maybe as much as $2300 when I'm 70.. Should I apply for benefits as a spouse survivor on the my first husband's SS to help with expenses now that I'll be soon on my own? I had remarried just 6 months shy of being eligible to start collecting when he died. Who knew? I was going to work till 70 and then claim my own benefits, but now I'm hearing that maybe it's not best to wait that long b/c of a person's lifespan. (Grampa was 105. ;-)
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 year ago.

Good afternoon! With regard to your post:

"What's the best option for me? I'm in my second marriage and about to exit that situation. -------So sorry.

"We've only been married 5.5 years. My first marriage was 17 years, and after being divorced for years, he died. I'm now 65. I have a $52k+ job and have my own SS benefits accruing, which currently would be about $1700/month, maybe as much as $2300 when I'm 70.. ------ Terrific. You also have the option of survivor benefits based on first husband's work record. So I'd find out how much those are to analyze / compare with your options on your own record.

"Should I apply for benefits as a spouse survivor on the my first husband's SS to help with expenses now that I'll be soon on my own? ------ You can, but first see what they are. At 65, they will be less than 100% of his. But at your FRA, they'd be 100%.

"I had remarried just 6 months shy of being eligible to start collecting when he died. Who knew? ------ Yes, but if you'd collected at 60, it would only be about 71% of his benefit.

"I was going to work till 70 and then claim my own benefits, but now I'm hearing that maybe it's not best to wait that long b/c of a person's lifespan. (Grampa was 105. ;-) ------ I tend to think waiting is better if you have reason to believe you won't die young AND you want/need the highest monthly benefit. If YOUR benefit at 70 will exceed the survivor benefit at 66 (100%), then consider collecting survivor only (after divorce) so you can collect that while your own grows, then switch.

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