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Can my wife receive half of my Social Security benefits if

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Can my wife receive half of my Social Security benefits if mine are higher than hers?
She can get $783 a month under her work record, but she has spent the past 15 years taking care of me because I have cerebral palsy and use a wheelchair.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  emc011075 replied 1 year ago.

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

She may qualify for spousal benefits depending on several factors:

- her age

- when she started collecting her own benefits

- her benefits are lower than her spousal benefits.

She can only collect one benefit at the time, she can collect her own or spousal, but not both. If her spousal are higher than her own, she can switch to spousal. If she applied for any type of social security benefits before her full retirement age, all her benefits will be permanently reduced, meaning she will not be eligible for 50% of spousal (based on your work records)

Expert:  emc011075 replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  emc011075 replied 1 year ago.

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