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Can A Disabled Widow Remarry And Keep Her Social Security Benefits?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Mar 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

The rules governing when a disabled widow can remarry and keep her Social Security disability benefits are somewhat complex. Knowing what your rights are can make a huge difference in what benefits Social Security will pay.

DWIB Basics

First, the basics. A person whose spouse has died can collect disabled widow's insurance benefits (DWIB) under specific circumstances.  First, the widow must

Ignorance Is Not Bliss

be at least 50 years old. Second,  said widow must have become disabled within 7 years of the death of her spouse. If both of these are true, the widow can collect DWIB. This means that the widow can collect on her late spouse's earnings record.

Two Requirements

If a widow collecting DWIB wants to remarry and keep getting DWIB benefits, two things must be true. First, the marriage must occur after the widow turns 50 but before she turns 60. Second, the widow must be disabled as of the date of her marriage. If the widow is over 60, the rules are simpler. Social Security will simply disregard the new marriage after the widow turns 60.

Plan Carefully

If you are a disabled widow and thinking of walking down the aisle, make sure you are aware of the rules that affect your Social Security disbiity benefits. Finding

Lovelier The Second Time

new love and a new life partner after the death of a spouse should be a wonderful and joyous moment. Don't let the arcane rules of Social Security disability dampen your big day.

Check The Rules Before Your Wedding

The full set of rules may be found here. Remember that Social Security can change its rules at any time, so make sure to double-check that their current policy is before making any plans.

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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