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Benefits for your spouse
|Even if he or she has never worked under Social Security, your spouse
Note: If your spouse will receive a pension for work not covered by Social Security such as government or foreign employment, the amount of his or her Social Security benefits on your record may be reduced.
If your spouse is eligible for retirement benefits on his or her own record we will pay that amount first. But
If your spouse is not already receiving benefits, he or she can apply online for benefits based on age.
If you and your spouse apply online for retirement benefits at the same time, or if your spouse applies online after you start receiving benefits, we will check his or her eligibility for benefits as a spouse. If qualified, the online application will automatically include a request for spousal benefits on your record.
If your spouse continues to work while receiving benefits, the same earnings limits apply to him or her as apply to you. If your spouse is eligible for benefits this year and is also working, you can use our earnings test calculator to see how those earnings would affect your spouse's benefit payments. (Your spouse's earnings affect only his or her own benefits; they do not affect your benefits or those of any other beneficiaries on your record.)
If your spouse applies for benefits, he or she needs to be ready to supply the information we need to approve their application for these benefits:
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Last reviewed or modified Thursday Sep 18, 2008