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Should I Notify Social Security Of Changes In My Marital Status?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Aug 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

The short answer is, yes. Getting married, divorced, or becoming a widow can have a major impact on what benefits Social Security will pay you. This is true of disability as well as retirement benefits.  The specific rules that apply to specific situations are beyond the scope of this blog post.  But, keep in mind that Social

Gotta Be A Way To Monetize This Deal

Security needs to know about your marital situation to determine what they can pay you.

The Moral Of The Story

I heard from a woman with a complicated story. She had married twice and divorced both spouses. One of her ex-husbands died after she had made a claim for retirement benefits. She was still married to her second husband at the time of her application. That divorce went through two days later. This made her eligible for widow's benefits on the late husband's earnings record. She did not know this and did nothing until she approached age 70 and returned to Social Security to apply for retirement benefits based on her own earnings record.

I'll Take Not Understanding The Rules For $50,000

To her dismay, she learned that by not putting in for her for widow's disability benefits earlier, she was out almost $50,000. That's a lot of money to say goodbye

Ignorance Is Folly And Can Be Expensive

to at any age, but especially in retirement.

A Lesson Learned

The lesson here is to keep Social Security in the loop when anything important like death or divorce changes your circumstances. It's too late for the lady in this story, but you can avoid her error.

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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