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Social Security: Some can collect survivor benefits after remarrying

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Q:  I was widowed after a long marriage, remarried for a few years and then divorced.  At age 61, I am not married now.  Can I receive Social Security benefits through the record of my first husband?


A:  Probably you can, assuming that he had worked long enough to be insured for Social Security.

The general rule concerning Social Security survivors benefits and remarriage is that you cannot get widow or widower’s benefits if you remarry before age 60. 

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