Program Description

Social Security's Spouse Benefits are federally funded and administered by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). These benefits are paid to the spouse of a worker who receives Social Security Retirement or Disability benefits.

    Program Requirements

    To be eligible for Social Security Spouse's benefits, you must:

    • Be married for at least one continuous year to someone who receives Social Security retirement or disability benefits;
    • Be at least 62 years old or caring for a child (under age 16 or disabled) of the retired or disabled worker; and
    • Not be getting a higher Social Security retirement benefit based on your own work.

    If you would like to find out if you may be eligible for any of Social Security's benefit programs, use SSA’s Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool.

    Once you have completed the eligibility screening questionnaire, you will be provided with a list of benefits for which you may be eligible. Print this page for your records before going to the application site.

    Contact Information

    Visit SSA's Publications Page for detailed information about SSA programs and policies.

    Benefit Categories
    family
    Family Social Security
    umbrella
    Insurance Social Security
    spouse
    Spouse & Widow(er) Social Security