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Have you and your partner always lived in DC?
You can be eligible for survivor benefits from SSA as common law spouses. Washington DC allows common law marriage and social security benefits are available in any place recognizing common law marriage.
To prove a common law marriage to Social Security so that you'll be eligible for dependents or survivors benefits, one of the following must be provided.
If you are both alive, then you must both provide statements that affirm your marriage and you must provide a statement from a blood relative of each of you.
If your spouse has died, then you must provide a statement that affirms your marriage and two statements from blood relatives of your deceased spouse.
If both husband and wife have died, then a statement affirming the marriage from a blood relative of the wife and a blood relative of the husband affirming the marriage.Again, the SSA will only acknowledge common law marriages that were established in states that permit them.
Contact your local SSA office to start the process, but it sounds as if you should qualify.
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