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What Is the Earliest Age at Which a Widow's Benefits Can Begin?

(Posted October 7, 2012)

Question 911: At what age can a widow get benefits?

Answer: A Widow's benefit can begin as early as age 60, if taken on a reduced basis.

A Disabled Widow's benefit can begin as early as age 50, if taken on a reduced basis.

A Divorced or Remarried Widow benefit can begin as early as age 62, if taken on a reduced basis.


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Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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