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An 80 year old man and woman collecting SSN marry...any

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an 80 year old man and woman collecting SSN marry...any change in benefits?
JA: These retirement benefits are supposed to help us but they can be so complicated! The Retirement Expert will help you get the most benefits propertly. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.
Customer: ...my intended spouse is collecting benefits as a widowed woman of two years...she worked for ten years...my late wife and I collected benefits separately..does this scenario remain the same as it was ?...
JA: Is there anything else important you think the retirement accountant should know?
Customer: ...we both receive approximately the same amount of benefits...
Submitted: 23 days ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  emc011075 replied 23 days ago.

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They can continue to collect their own benefits. A marriage will not change his benefits (if he is getting benefits based on his own records) and if she is 60 or older she can continue collecting her widows benefits. After 9 month of marriage she may be eligible for spousal benefits based on her current spouse records if her spousal benefits will be higher than her widows benefits.

https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10084.pdf

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Usually, you can’t get widow’s or widower’s benefits if
you remarry before age 60. But remarriage after age 60 (or
age 50 if you’re disabled) won’t prevent you from getting
benefit payments based on your former spouse’s work. And
at age 62 or older, you can get benefits on your new spouse’s
work, if those benefits would be higher.

Expert:  emc011075 replied 21 days ago.

I see you read my respond. Do you have any questions? Is there anything else I can help you with today?

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