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We’re Married – Does That Reduce Our Combined Social Security Benefits?

Question: 

My husband and I are both entitled to our own Social Security benefits. Will our combined benefits be reduced because we are married?

Answer:

No. When each member of a married couple works in employment covered under Social Security and both meet all other eligibility requirements to receive retirement benefits, lifetime earnings are calculated independently to determine the benefit amounts. Therefore, each spouse receives a monthly benefit amount based on his or her own earnings. If one member of the couple earned substantially less than the other or did not earn enough Social Security credits (40) to be insured for retirement benefits, he or she may be eligible to receive benefits as a spouse. To learn more, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/retirement.

 

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