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Here's How Your Marital Status Affects Your Social Security Benefits

DATE POSTED:January 12, 2019

If you've worked at least 10 full years, you'll likely be eligible for Social Security retirement benefits when you turn 62. Single adults can only claim benefits based on their own work record, but for people who are married, widowed or divorced, things get a little more messy.

If you fall into one of these latter categories, you still have the option to claim benefits based on your own work history, but you may also be entitled to benefits based on your spouse's (or ex-spouse's) work record. The options for each of these groups are explained in detail below.

Can you have your cake and eat it too when it comes to Social Security? Married folks can. Image Source: Getty Images.

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