What if my ex hasn't started taking benefits yet?
It doesn't matter if your ex hasn't started taking benefits yet, according to the Social Security website. You can collect Social Security benefits even if your ex hasn't started, as long as you have been divorced at least two years.
Charlene Thompson, of Austin, Texas (not her real name), found that it wasn't easy to get her local Social Security office to recognize this. She went back to the office three times, asking if she could start taking early benefits at age 62 on the basis of her ex's contributions. They had been married 34 years. Each time, they said no. Charlene's benefits based on her own contributions were far lower.
Fortunately, a woman working for a senior advocacy group encouraged Charlene to try again. This time, she talked to someone at the Social Security office who said, "Absolutely!" and sent her the proper forms.
Will my ex know about my benefits?
A higher-earning spouse may resent his ex getting any of "their money" or think it affects how much he will receive in benefits. It doesn't. Or the spouse who is entitled to benefits based on her ex's earnings may not want so-and-so to know she is taking benefits based on his record.
There's good news if you'd rather your ex not know about your benefits. An ex-spouse is not affected by the benefits you receive and is not notified. However, if your ex is really curious, he can find out who is taking benefits based on his record. Webb says, "We would have to let them know if they asked us. An individual is entitled by law to know the names and benefit amounts of anyone receiving benefits off of his or her record. They are not entitled to mailing address or other identifying information, however."
Webb says not even a divorce decree can take away your Social Security benefits based on your ex's contributions. "Social Security is a federal program," he says. "No divorce decree can trump Social Security."
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I am the only caucasian at a christian? store. My co-workers often brag that they get social security for there child(ren) because they have ADD, or ADHD, or just because they have asthma. However they can still participate in sports programs. they still get state medical, food stamps and welfare. And they claim they are being discriminated against.
Over the past 25 years, five presidents, and the members of Congress, have participated in the great Social Security scam. All Social Security contributions made by working Americans, except the amount which was needed to pay current retirement benefits, has been funneled into the general fund and used for non-Social Security purposes. Some like to say that the government just “borrowed” the money during the time period when it was not needed to pay benefits.
But borrowing implies repayment, and no provisions for repayment have been made. The government did not enact future tax increases that would automatically kick in when the Social Security money was needed. Neither did they enact legislation that would end other spending programs once the Social Security money was needed so the money could be transferred to the trust fund. The government spent the Social Security money, pure and simple, without making any provisions for future repayments. The IOUs in the trust fund are not marketable, and they could not be sold to anyone even for a penny on the dollar. The Social Security trustees confirmed the worthlessness of the IOUs in the 2009 Social Security Trustees Report with the following words:
Neither the redemption of trust fund bonds, nor interest paid on those bonds, provides any new net income to the Treasury, which must finance redemptions and interest payments through some combination of increased taxation, reductions in other government spending, or additional borrowing from the public.
In order for Social Security to pay full benefits after 2016, it will be necessary for the government to begin repaying the money it has spent on other things. This will mean increased taxes and/or additional borrowing. Neither of these is politically popular, and there is no assurance that future politicians will be willing to raise taxes to pay for the irresponsible behavior of past politicians. If the money is not repaid in full, with interest, it will have been stolen by the government from working Americans who paid into the fund.
Since Social Security would be fully funded until at least 2037 if the government had not used the money for other things, the only reason that politicians are advocating cuts in Social Security benefits is the fact that the government does not have the money with which to pay its debt to Social Security. Given the fact that Section 13301 of the Budget Enforcement Act of 1990 made it a violation of federal law to use Social Security revenue for non-Social Security purposes, it is hard to justify using the word “borrow” to refer to any of the Social Security money spent after 1990, even if it is eventually paid back.
I agree with those that say - you worked and payed you get it, if not you don't. I have a relative that is collecting the same as me off her husbands SS and she never worked a day in her life, and I've paid and worked since I was 16. Also have a friend that got married late in life, is now collecting for himself and his 16 year old son - so we are basically paying people to have childeren late in life. PLUS he works for cash and collects for the 2 of them. No wonder SS is in the hole. They are paying everyone that is not contributing a dime.
The people at the SS office, even after working there decades, don't have a clue about answering any question that is the least bit out of the ordinary. I seemed to know more from reading things than them when I went in. Typical government worker BS.
I have worked as a CNA, taking care of the elderly for seventeen yrs, when I became a volunteer with fire and rescue. During the time I was training and increasing me skill level
I stayed working, keep up the home, and mother/wife duties. After I became a paramedic, I still volunteered for several squads, but started working part-time for paid service. I eventually
became a full time employee, still volunteering during off hours..due to health problems had to leave EMS, but went to work for an urgent care...I could make you scream, pull your hair out, at who all are given SSD, and medicare...and what some of us have to do when its obvious, if you can't walk across the room without turning blue..I had to depleat my savings, even when they knew in dec I had been approved, that woman never told me. I went to social services, to get some help with medicial. They told me that they couldn't help me unless I was to be approved by SSD. But I found out that illegals in that come into this country, can get help for food, and if they have children, can get medicaid for both parent and child. Those on green cards, get medicaid, food stamps and after 10 yrs working here, can bring over extended family members. Mrs. V has seven children on medicaid, food stamps, and went and got her father, and put him on social security and medicaid, before they even got back thru the state.
Ms.V and her husband work average jobs, lawn care and cleaning...but buy and sell goods at the flea market during the weekends, and do not report that income. How many do you think are sinking our states doing this..NC pays over 85 billion dollars a year.
Interesting post and unfortunately true. The beauty of the money collection (tax) system in this country is there is no accountability for where the money goes. However, no audit is necessary because it goes into corporate and individual pockets, directly or indirectly. Is it any wonder politicians are willing to spend outrageous amounts of money to be elected? They get it back in spades if elected as all political jobs have two things in common. A base salary for the office held, plus all you can steal.
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