Social Security provides a retirement income for seniors who have stopped working or reached a certain age. However, did you know that benefits are also available to dependents of those retirees? While Social Security spousal benefits can be a bit complicated, they can provide a welcome safety net to spouses, both while their partners are alive and after they pass away.
You're eligible for Social Security spousal benefits if you're at least 62, or if, at any age, you're the primary caregiver of a child who's disabled or 16 or younger. In addition, you must meet another condition:
Notice that in the case of ex-spouses, your ex doesn't have to have filed for their benefits for you to receive your spousal benefits.
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