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Hello! I am a licensed attorney, admitted to practice in state and federal court. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating so all that means is that you can count on me to help today. So, if you were to remarry to someone else, the benefits that she would receive would depend on a few things. First, it would depend on the designation of who is to benefit in the event of your death based on your policy. If you have a life insurance policy and you designate your spouse as the beneficiary, then she will be paid the benefits. The other issue is if you have a will. If you make a will, then the executor of the will (the person managing the proceeds after your death) will distribute all of your other property such as your house and personal items in the manner that you describe in the will. If you happen to die without a will, then your spouse will get everything, unless you have children, then the spouse and the children are typically required to split according to state law. Accordingly, my recommendation would be to get a will drafted immediately, get two witnesses to witness you signing the will, have the witnesses sign the will, and keep it somewhere safe. Keep in mind the witnesses have to be people that are not receiving anything from the will. Regardless, if you take these advanced measures in your estate planning, you and your family can be well protected in the event of your death.
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Thank you for your patience on this. You don’t need to accept the phone call, those are automatically requested by the system. As far as the benefits that she would receive, the social security administration says this about benefits if one is divorced:
If you are divorced, but your marriage lasted 10 years or longer, you can receive benefits on your ex-spouse's record (even if they have remarried) if:
You are unmarried;
You are age 62 or older;
Your ex-spouse is entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits; and
The benefit you are entitled to receive based on your own work is less than the benefit you would receive based on your ex-spouse's work.
So, as you can see, whether she would get benefits depends on how long you’ve been married. Based on what you’ve provided, this appears to apply and based on your age, it applies as well. Thus, she would be entitled to the benefits if a) you were entitled to them and b) what she would receive is less than what you would receive. How much she would get depends on how much you would receive, but that would be up to SSA to determine.
Goodness, I'm sorry. I should have read your question more careful. I noticed that you said that if you were to remarry, how would it affect your benefits. So, in your case, she would get benefits as early as 50 (if she were disabled) or as early as 60 (if she were disabled) so long as you are eligible to receive social security benefits. Her benefits will not be affected if she remarries. If she is disabled by 50, she will have to apply for those early benefits.
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