Will I still Receive Widow Benefits if I get Remarried? Will it Effect my Children’s Benefits?

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“My husband was killed 3 years ago and I have been receiving widow benefits since then. My children also receive benefits. If I get remarried what will happen to my widow benefits? I also assume that my children will each continue to receive benefits to their 18th birthday regardless of my marital status…is that correct?”

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From the SSA website: “In general, you cannot receive survivors benefits if you remarry before the age of 60 unless the latter marriage ends, whether by death, divorce, or annulment. If you remarry after age 60 (50 if disabled), you can still collect benefits on your former spouse’s record. When you reach age 62 or older, you may get retirement benefits on the record of your new spouse if they are higher. Your remarriage would have no effect on the benefits being paid to your children.

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