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.
  • Not be getting a higher Social Security retirement benefit based on your own work.

Based on the information you gave, you meet the first requirement. You could get Social Security Spouse's benefits beginning at age 62 if you are not getting a higher benefit on your own work record.

PLEASE NOTE: If you get (or will get) a pension based on work for an employer who did not withhold Social Security taxes, such as a government agency or an employer in another country, your Social Security benefits may be reduced. Visit SSA’s Publications Page and review A Pension from Work Not Covered by Social Security, Social Security Publication Number 05-10045 and Government Pension Offset, Social Security Publication Number 05-10007.

Contact Information

Would you like more information about spouse's benefits?
Visit SSA's Publications Page and review Chapter 3 of the Social Security Handbook.

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