Can I Get Social Security Disability Benefits On My Spouse’s Account?

Sep 25, 2011 Comments Off by Charles Hall

Question: Can I get Social Security disability benefits on my spouse’s account?

Answer: Not while they are alive but there are many types of benefits that might help you.

You can probably  draw benefits on the account of your husband or wife if they are on Social Security benefits and you are 62 or older and not working. You don’t have to be disabled to get that. You can draw disabled widows or widowers benefits if you are age 50-66 and become disabled within 7 years after your husband’s or wife’s death or the last time you drew mother’s or father’s benefits. You can draw those mothers or fathers benefits if your spouse is deceased or on Social Security disability and you are not working and have either a child of that spouse under your care and that child is either under age 16 or disabled. Again, you don’t have to be disabled to get that.

If this all sounds a bit complicated, it is. Contact us. We’ll be happy to see what we can do for you.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.