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I never divorce my wife since we are separate for 35 years.

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I never divorce my wife since we are separate for 35 years. Can I fill social security benefits retire?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  emc011075 replied 6 months ago.

Hi. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to help you.

Are you asking about spousal benefits?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I am plan retire in early next year
Expert:  emc011075 replied 6 months ago.

As long as you are not legally separated you are considered married and eligible for spousal benefits. Are you applying for early benefits (62) or regular benefits (66)?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I will be 67 old
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Since my wife and me seprate for 35 years, I have not see her 35 years.
Expert:  emc011075 replied 6 months ago.

Thank you. So you will be applying for regular benefits. So you do not know if she applied for any benefits yet. At 67 you have couple of options. If your wife is already collecting her own benefits (not spousal benefits), you can file a restricted application (spousal benefits only) and let your own benefits grow until 70. If she has not applied for her own benefits yet, you will need to take your own.

Expert:  emc011075 replied 6 months ago.

First I would suggest to visit your local social security office and find out if your wife already applied for her own benefits and what spousal benefits you would be eligible for, if any. You will need your marriage certificate, her socials security number and an ID.

Do you have any questions, is there anything else I can help you with today?