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I was married in May, 1982 and divorced in Dec, 1993. I am 73 years old and receiving Social Security benefits. Last year i
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I was married in May, 1982 and divorced in Dec, 1993. I am 73 years old and receiving Social Security benefits. Last year in February, I had a telephone appointment with Social Security to learn ---whether or not my ex husband is still living. The representative was good enough to tell me that he still receives a monthly check from SS. Therefore, of course I knew that he was still living. She also told me to call back in a year and ask the question again. This time the representative would not give me this information. The (last year) rep also told me that I am receiving more then half of what he receives. Therefore, it appears that I cannot be helped while he is still living. This is my question: IS THERE ANY WAY THAT I CAN FIND OUT WHETHER HE IS STILL LIVING? I'm not asking for his address, nor for the amount he is receiving. Is there some form that will enable me to find out when he becomes deceased? Should I make an appointment with my local office or a telephone appointment?
Support Replied ~ 01-22-2009 23:13:02
The only way to find out is to call the bureau of records in the state that he lives.
Otherwise, you can call and inquire about widows benefits every 3 months or so.
Unfortunately, there is no system that alerts ex-spouses of their previous partners demise. Social Security should be happy to answer your question. 1-800-772-1213 carol
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