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If I am married, how long do I have to be married if spouse…

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If I am married, how long do I have to be married if spouse passes away during the marriage to collect social security.

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Not really, still employeed. might be retiring soon.

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Social Security Expert: lev-tax, Tax Advisor replied 7 months ago
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If you are asking about eligibility for surviving spousal benefits as a widow or widower - you must be married at least 9 months.

For spousal benefits while both spouses are alive - you have to be married at least one year.

For divorce spouses - you must be married at least ten years to be eligible for benefits based on spouse's working record.

Let me know if you need any additional details.

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