Will SSA send a copy of my ex-spouse’s XML earning statement?

Original question: Ex-spouse needs her husbands XML earning statement, but they don’t talk to each other. Will Social Security send her a copy of the earning statement? Hi there, We often get questions about this topic. SSA will usually not provide the earnings record, but the ex-spouse is entitled to know their ex’s primary insurance…

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Is entitlement of a young spouse with a child in care precluded if the young spouse is divorced?

Hi there, No it is not. The child-in-care spousal benefit is available for a young ex-spouse (less than age 62) if: -They were married at least 10 years, -The applicant is currently unmarried, -They are caring for the claimant’s minor child (under age 16) or disabled adult child, -Their former spouse is eligible for Social…

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Will I be required to apply for my Social Security benefits when I become eligible?

Original question: Will I be forced to apply for my own SS retirement benefits when I become eligible even though I am receiving SS Spousal benefits at the time? Hi there, You can only collect the higher of the benefits you are eligible to receive when when you apply. So if you are currently collecting…

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Can I file for ex-spousal benefits and switch to mine when I retire at 70?

Full question: Martha, I am over 62 years old and divorced, we were married over 10 years. My ex-husband is still working he’s 68 years old. I’m still self-employed also, can I file for spousal benefits until I retire at 70 years old? Hi there! The short answer is that yes, it appears that you…

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Can my wife switch to spousal benefits at her FRA?

Full question: My wife will be able to start her minimal Social Security benefits January 2025. If she does so can she switch to spousal benefits when she reaches full retirement age? And will those spousal benefits remain 50 percent of my FRA benefits or be reduced because of her earlier start? Hi there, This…

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How will my Social Security benefits affect my disabled son’s SSI?

Full question: I have a 25 year old son with Down syndrome. He receives SSI currently. His father/my ex-husband and I just turned 63 this year are eligible to receive Social Security benefits. My ex has maxed out his benefits and if I start drawing SS now I will get $1200 per month. How will…

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