Circumstances That Affect Your Right To Social Security Retirement Benefits

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According to the Social Security Administration (SSA) the following events may affect your right to collect all or part of your Social Security benefits:

  • The first circumstance is getting married or divorced. Either one changes the economic circumstances of your living situation and therefor your benefits.
  • If you receive your spouse’s benefits, your benefits will continue unless you get divorced and are 62 years or older – unless you were married for less than 10 years.
  •  If you receive a widow or widower’s benefits, your benefits will continue if you remarry should you be 60 years or older.
  • If you receive any other kind of benefits, your social security benefits will stop when you get married. Your benefits, however, may be restarted should your marriage end.

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