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ex spouse social security after second marriage ... aged spouse

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Dear Carol, I hope you can help me. I was married to my ex husband for 30 years, during that time I never worked outside the home , I was a stay at home Mom. When I turned 62 last year, I filed for social security on my ex husbands account, and I am recieving $700. per month. Recently... I wanted to remarry, I called social security and the person I talked to said as an aged spouse I can continue to collect the social security. So I did remarry this past month. Do I now just fill out the form and take the marriage certificate to the local office? Or do I mail it in somewhere else? Also a friend told me to contact the social security web page which I did and found information about this question ... In answer ID #299 it states If a person is already entitled to benefits as an aged or disabled spouse then the benefits continue. I am 63 and work part time at a pre school. My income is about $7000. per year. My ex husband is disabled and is age 66. My new husband is 55, and is still working. thank you for your time ... Sandy

Support Replied ~ 09-25-2009 22:00:47

Dear Sandy:
The answer says that your new husband has to be entitled to either survivor benefits or auxiliary benefits. From what you said your new husband is not disabled.
I am afraid that you will be losing your ex-wifes benefits. I would call the person that you talked to. She gave you misinformation. Widows can marry after age 60 and still keep their widows benefits. In any event, SS will need to see your Marriage Certificate to change your name on your checks. It might be worth a trip into the office. Good Luck....Caroll
Your Comment ~ 10-03-2009 21:01:11

IF you read further down on the answer from the SS # 299 it says I f you are already collecting social security as an aged spouse it doesnt matter if you marry.I did read the part that you are refering to. The answer I am seeing is lower down the page ... so that is the question I wanted answered please ... everytime I call the Social Security office I get a split on the answer... 5 say you get to keep it and 4 said I can not. SANDY

Support Replied ~ 10-05-2009 18:01:35

Dear Sandy:
I read it as an aged surviving divorced spouse. In any event,you should call SS and ask to see the portion of the rules that say that you can keep your ex-wifes benefits.
It could be important if they charge you with an overpayment in the future.....Carol
Your Comment ~ 10-11-2009 01:13:36

Dear Carol... just a note I went to the local Social Security office this past week
Your Comment ~ 10-11-2009 01:22:31

Dear Carol Just to let you know I went to the local Social Security office this past week and let them know I got married. I have had so many different answers from them .. at the local office and on the phone to the 800 number ... most answers are that I still recieve the money per month. I do see what you are talking about in the information from Social Security about the surviving spouse benefits. I am hoping that it will clear its self up how ever it goes for me ... in any case I think I can re apply in 2 years is that correct.... and not before..I found a paper about divorced spouses on the internet that states that a divorced spouse ... after the age of 60 can re marry and still get the benefits ... I feel it is good both ways ... after all I do have a wonderful husband and too bad they misinformed me about this ... thanks I will let you know how it goes ...Sandy
Your Comment ~ 10-11-2009 01:24:39

Did you get my note Carol about this I wrote to you about my visit to the ss office.... sandy

Support Replied ~ 10-11-2009 18:54:20

Dear Sandy:
Thanks for letting me know. From what I know, only ex-wives with deceased husbands can remarry after age 60 and get benefits. You might have to wait until your ex is deceased......Carol
Your Comment ~ 10-15-2009 21:49:47

Hey Carol thank you for replying to me.... you have been so nice... I think I can collect again when I reach 65... which ever husband has the higher pay out ... I will keep you posted when I hear from S.S thanks for your time.... SANDY... if they continue to send the monthly money ... I will let you know as well Bye

Support Replied ~ 10-16-2009 17:28:34

Dear Sandy;
I just want you to protect yourself. If you get an overpaymentnotice in the future, make sure you let me know so we can fight it. You did everything in your power to make sure you are due this money and it is SS's fault that you are still being paid.
Keep the facts about your visit on paper with the name of the person that you talked to. Even if you have to call the office again to get a name, it is important to know who gave you the misinformation, if it works out that way......Carol
Your Comment ~ 10-25-2009 14:25:54

Hi Carol.... well I went and changed my name at SS office... and I have recieved a new card in the mail with my new married name.... I just checked my account on line and they sent the SS money this month as well ... the deposit still had my other name ... not the married new last name ... I am thinking they will notice this and correct it .. I have complyed with everything I am suppose to... but I dont want them coming back to me later... do you think they will notice this ... or is it just like the lady at the office said ... after 60 it doesnt matter,,, I only will believe it when a check is deposited in my new name ... I have not touched this money ... Thanks Sandy

Support Replied ~ 10-26-2009 11:32:47

Dear Sandy:
If I were you, I would get a signed statement from someone at SS that the money is yours even though you got remarried. You were receiving independently entitled ex-wife benefits not widows. If you have that statement, you are golden....Carol

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