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I have been living with my boyfriend for 28 years in PA. When he passes away can I collect his social security?
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Unfortunately, no. You must be married to him at least 9 months at the time of death or have been married to him for 10 years or more. Part of the reason for this is that people can have many girlfriends (all at the same time and/or at different times) and if everyone could claim SS based on that status, there would be no controls (and the fund would definitely run out). With marriage and the 10 year rule, it limits the # ***** people that can claim as a spouse/dependent.

That said, it may be a could idea to legally tie the knot now.

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