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I am age 70, about to turn 71, any just remarried after 30

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I am age 70, about to turn 71, any just remarried after 30 years of being divorced. How long must we be married before my new wife can trade my social security for hers, in the event of my death? Must I alert the social security admin of my recent marriage?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Christopher B, Esq. replied 2 months ago.

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You need to be married only for one year to collect spousal benefits (50% of your benefit but it does not stack with her own SS benefit) and just nine months for survivor's benefits. You do not have to alert SSA of your marriage and she will simply need to provide the appropriate information of your marriage at the time of your death. It is as simply as that.

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Expert:  Christopher B, Esq. replied 2 months ago.

Just checking back in, do you have any further questions?