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There is more to Social Security than merely a source of income in old age. Social Security also provides spousal and survivor benefits, as well as disability and child benefits.
However, if you divorce and then remarry, the arithmetic underlying these advantages takes on an additional degree of complication. If you’re remarrying, you’ll want to talk to a tax professional or someone from the Social Security Administration about how your benefits may be affected.
Social Security payments are always paid at the greatest level possible when applying. More of your benefit, based on prior employment records or up to 50% of your spouse’s benefit, is available for married couples.
This spousal benefit doesn’t affect the primary beneficiary’s payout. However, if your spouse is entitled to $2,000 per month in spousal benefits and has never worked, you may also be eligible for up to $1,000 per month. Couples are eligible for up to $3,000 in grants.
Spousal benefits are available to those divorced for at least ten years and are at least 62 years old. The regulations for spousal benefits, on the other hand, alter when you remarry.
To qualify for Social Security survivor payments after the death of your spouse, you must be a widow or widower. These benefits should be claimed as early as age 60 to collect 71% of the deceased’s pension.
If you wait until full retirement age, which is 67 for individuals born in 1960 or after, you will be eligible for the deceased’s entire payout. If you and your ex-spouse were married for at least ten years, you are still eligible for spousal and survivor benefits. You may also qualify for a $255 death benefit if you and your spouse are still living together.
It is possible to alter your claim to the survivor benefit if your spouse dies after you begin collecting spousal benefits. Your surviving benefits may be affected by remarriage in the same way that spousal benefits would be.
Your Social Security benefits will be altered if you decide to remarry. When you remarry, your ex-marital spouse’s benefits are no longer available to you. Instead, you’ll be bound to your new spouse’s compensation plan. This is the same with your survivor’s benefits, which are likewise nullified by a subsequent marriage.
It’s worth noting that if you get married again beyond 60, your ex-record spouse can still be used to get you survivor’s benefits. Remarrying before your 60th birthday may allow you to get survivor benefits based on the earnings record of your deceased spouse if the marriage fails.
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