Hot Topics:. Published September Archived from the original on 22 August And if the worker dies first, the nonworking spouse gets percent of the worker's retirement benefits.
Investing Fool Podcasts. Social Security provides benefits not only to retired workers but also to spouses who have not contributed to the program. The law governing same-sex marriage itself was a patchwork, with some states allowing all couples to get married within their boundaries, and others recognizing marriages in other states without explicitly allowing same-sex marriage themselves.
We will provide you with an updated Social Security card. If you already receive Social Security benefits, you must tell us if you get married, enter a non-marital legal relationship, or divorce because your marital status may affect your entitlement to benefits.
While we adhere to strict editorial integritythis post may contain references to products from our partners. The loss of a loved one can be both emotionally and financially difficult. For Social Security, rules were even more confusing. If you exceed the 36 months, Social Security will dock about four-tenths of one percent for further months.
Now, though, Social Security recognizes the impact that a recent Supreme Court decision had on the rights of same-sex couples. Our goal is to give you the best advice to help you make smart personal finance decisions.
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