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Old 03-21-2012, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Make an appointment with SS and discuss it with them. I was told I could collect 1/2 of my H's SS as a widow's benefit when I turn 60.
Actually, you should be receiving 71.5%.

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Old 03-22-2012, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Thanks! This was something I didn't know until my H died this year. I told a friend about this who was widowed in her early 40's and she didn't know either. This will make a huge difference in her life!
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Old 07-07-2012, 05:18 AM
 
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Divorced for 10 yrs, husband just passed I never remarried, but he is remarried. Would I be entitled to his pension or ss, in the state of Md? It is not in my divorce decree.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Divorced for 10 yrs, husband just passed I never remarried, but he is remarried. Would I be entitled to his pension or ss, in the state of Md? It is not in my divorce decree.
You may be eligible for Social Security Survivor benefits. How old are you? How long were you married before the divorce decree was actually signed?

You are not entitled to pension benefits unless you have a Qualified Domestic Relations Order that was part of your divorce decree.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Divorced for 10 yrs, husband just passed I never remarried, but he is remarried. Would I be entitled to his pension or ss, in the state of Md? It is not in my divorce decree.
You had to have been married for at least 10 years (and not remarried) to be eigible for SS benefits.
It did not have to be in your decree.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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You had to have been married for at least 10 years (and not remarried) to be eligible for SS benefits.
It did not have to be in your decree.
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Not exactly. You can remarry after age 60 (or after age 50 if disabled) and remain eligible for the benefits. (Or, for that matter, you can remarry before age 60, divorce your current spouse a few days before you turn 60 and then remarry your current "spouse" the day after you turn 60.)
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Mt Pleasant, SC
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If we're both collecting SS (his being the largest amt) right now, and he were to die; not only would I lose mine, but as a widow under 66, I would only be able to collect about 60% of what he was receiving? (unless I was at full retirement age?)

That would drop our monthly SS almost in half.
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:17 PM
 
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My husband died at the age 51, he served in the army for 4 years and worked for the post Office for 26 yrs. He also drove truck before and part time thru-out his years. I have been receiving annunity payment since his death. I just turned 60, my question is can I draw widows benefit on Bernie's Social Security and annunity. Both would be of my husbands employments. I have never remarried
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Cape Elizabeth
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You should contact SS and see if he was insured for Social Security. Often, postal employees paid into a NON-covered pension plan- the one paying you an annuity (CSRS). But, he might have had enough quarters of coverage at the time he died from the truck driving etc. for you to get something. You can check to see how much you would receive now. Call 1-800-772-1213 and either see if they will provide a widow's estimate on the phone, or make an appointment for an interview.
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