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Personal Finance Q&A: Is partner eligible for Social Security benefits?
Personal Finance Q&A: Is partner eligible for Social Security benefits?

Dear Liz: My partner of 30 years recently died. Am I eligible for Social Security survivor benefits? I don't want anything I don't deserve, but if I'm entitled to something, every penny would be appreciated. I am 54 and make minimum wage. Answer: Your eligibility for Social Security benefits as a spouse depends on three factors: whether your state recognizes same-sex marriages, whether it did so on the date your partner died and whether you were legally married. (You wrote "partner" rather than "spouse," which suggests you may not have been.) The Supreme Court paved the way for Social Security to offer same-sex benefits when it ruled parts of the...

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