Ifspouse passes away before starting Social Security
Ifspouse passes away during working years, you are eligible to receive Social Security benefits on their record starting as early as age 60.
If your spouse passes away after starting Social Security
If you have started Social Security, meaning both you and your spouse are collecting Social Security checks, and your spouse dies, the smaller check will go away.
If your ex-spouse passes away
If you have been divorced, but meet some requirements, such as being married for at least 10 years and not being remarried before age 60, you can qualify for Social Security benefits on your ex-spouse’s record.
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