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How would i know if i can get spousal benefits?

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how would i know if i can get spousal benefits?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  TaxRobin replied 6 months ago.
HelloEven if you have never worked under Social Security, you may be able to get spouse’s retirement benefits if you are at least 62 years of age and your spouse is receiving retirement or disability benefits. If you are divorced, you may still be able to get benefits on your ex-spouse's record. If you qualify for benefits on your own record, SSA will pay that amount first. If the benefit on your spouse’s record is higher, you'll get an additional amount on your spouse’s record so that the combination of benefits equals that higher amount.Benefits paid to you as a spouse will not decrease your spouse’s retirement benefit. SSA advises that you can apply:Online - Use our Social Security Retirement/Medicare Benefit Application to apply for retirement, spouse's, divorced spouse's or Medicare benefits.If your spouse is already receiving benefits when you apply, or if you and your spouse apply at the same time, we will also check your eligibility for benefits as a spouse. If you qualify, your application will automatically serve as a request for spousal benefits.By phone - Call us at 1-***-***-****. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can call us at TTY 1-***-***-****.In person - Visit your local Social Security office. (Call first to make an appointment.)If you do not live in the U.S. or one of its territoriesyou can also - Contact the nearest U.S. Social Security office, U.S. Embassy or consulate.You are required to click a positive rating if I am to be credited with the response.You have to actively click on a rating and click submit. Smiley Faces or Stars.

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