Will Claiming Half My Wife’s Social Security Benefit Cost Her Money?
Will Claiming Half My Wife’s Social Security Benefit Cost Her Money?

on September 12, 2019

Even experts can make mistakes when mapping Social Security options.

Can We Claim Social Security Benefits Retroactively?
Can We Claim Social Security Benefits Retroactively?

on September 5, 2019

A couple were unaware of their right to a bigger benefit. Can they ask for a do-over?

Can My Wife Claim Social Security Spousal Benefits When I Retire?
Can My Wife Claim Social Security Spousal Benefits When I Retire?

on August 15, 2019

This week’s question underscores how asking for a little help can put more money in your pocket.

Social Security Q&A: Will the ‘One-Half’ Rule Slash My Benefit?
Social Security Q&A: Will the ‘One-Half’ Rule Slash My Benefit?

on July 25, 2019

Your birthdate determines whether you can use a lucrative Social Security strategy.

Social Security Q&A: Can I Make a Claim on My Ex’s Benefits?
Social Security Q&A: Can I Make a Claim on My Ex’s Benefits?

on July 11, 2019

Has there been a divorce in your past? You may be able to claim benefits on your ex’s Social Security.

Social Security Q&A: What Happens to My Spouse If I Die Before Filing for Benefits?
Social Security Q&A: What Happens to My Spouse If I Die Before Filing for Benefits?

on July 4, 2019

It’s important to think about survivor’s benefits before deciding when to claim Social Security.

Social Security Q&A: How Can My Spouse Squeeze the Most From Her Benefits?
Social Security Q&A: How Can My Spouse Squeeze the Most From Her Benefits?

on June 27, 2019

Trying to get the biggest benefit possible? Early claiming can complicate matters.

Social Security Q&A: How Long Must I Wait for My Full Survivor’s Benefit?
Social Security Q&A: How Long Must I Wait for My Full Survivor’s Benefit?

on June 13, 2019

Waiting a little while to claim your benefit can pay off handsomely for years to come.

Social Security Q&A: Can I Piggyback on My Ex-Wife’s Benefit?
Social Security Q&A: Can I Piggyback on My Ex-Wife’s Benefit?

on May 30, 2019

Being divorced has some advantages when it comes to claiming Social Security benefits.

Social Security Q&A: Is There a Cap on the Benefits My Family Can Earn?
Social Security Q&A: Is There a Cap on the Benefits My Family Can Earn?

on May 16, 2019

An odd quirk in a Social Security formula favors higher-benefit families over lower-benefit families.

Social Security Q&A: Can My Wife Use My Benefits While Letting Hers Grow?
Social Security Q&A: Can My Wife Use My Benefits While Letting Hers Grow?

on April 25, 2019

Your birthdate — and your self-discipline in not uttering three little words — helps determine whether or not you can use a key claiming strategy.

Social Security Q&A: How Much of My Spouse’s Benefit Can I Get?
Social Security Q&A: How Much of My Spouse’s Benefit Can I Get?

on April 4, 2019

A little rule with a funny name can have a big impact on your Social Security benefits.

Social Security Q&A: Can I Get Survivor’s Benefits If My Spouse Died Young?
Social Security Q&A: Can I Get Survivor’s Benefits If My Spouse Died Young?

on March 21, 2019

You might be able to collect survivor’s benefits even if your spouse dies before the age of 62. But you must meet a couple of key conditions.

Social Security Q&A: Can Avoiding Marriage Boost Our Benefit?
Social Security Q&A: Can Avoiding Marriage Boost Our Benefit?

on March 7, 2019

Saying “I do” can have both positive and negative impacts on the size of your monthly Social Security payment.

Social Security Q&A: Should My Spouse Claim Early?
Social Security Q&A: Should My Spouse Claim Early?

on February 21, 2019

A reader asks whether his wife should start her benefit early, then switch to a spousal benefit after he retires. The answer might surprise you.

Social Security Q&A: What’s the Windfall Elimination Provision?
Social Security Q&A: What’s the Windfall Elimination Provision?

on February 7, 2019

If you work for any governmental employer that doesn’t withhold Social Security, you may be subject to the Windfall Elimination Provision. Here’s how it works.

Social Security Q&A: Can I Apply for Spousal Benefits at Age 80?
Social Security Q&A: Can I Apply for Spousal Benefits at Age 80?

on January 24, 2019

What happens if you wait until you’re older to apply for Social Security spousal or widow’s benefits?

Social Security Q&A: How Do Spousal Benefits Work?
Social Security Q&A: How Do Spousal Benefits Work?

on January 10, 2019

Social Security options are dizzying: Can a spouse take a personal benefit at 62, then switch to a spousal benefit later?

Social Security Q&A: What Are the Options for Widows?
Social Security Q&A: What Are the Options for Widows?

on December 27, 2018

If you lose a spouse before qualifying for Social Security, there are several options when it comes to receiving benefits. But what if you remarry?

Social Security Q&A: Can My Husband Get a Spousal Benefit?
Social Security Q&A: Can My Husband Get a Spousal Benefit?

on December 13, 2018

If a husband leaves the workforce to care for kids, can he claim spousal benefits in retirement based on his wife’s work history?

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