Today’s question asks if it would be double dipping if one spouse claims retirement benefits and the other claims spousal benefits on the same record. The answer reviews eligibility for spouse's benefits and comments on the massive complexity of Social Security's rules and provisions.
Today’s question asks how remarriage will affect receipt of retirement and survivor benefits. The answer explains how survivor benefits can continue if the remarriage occurs after 60 and whether spousal benefits based on the new spouse's record might later be available.
Today’s question asks if it would be better for a widow who's receiving child-in-care spousal benefits to switch to either her retirement benefit or her survivor's benefit. The answer addresses the complexity of the case and discusses possible claiming strategies as well as the potential negative effects of filing for the other benefits before full retirement age.
Today’s question asks how to maximize the survivor benefit of a couple, age 63 and 52, who will soon marry. The answer reviews the rules and provisions affecting spousal and survivor benefits and then details potential auxiliary benefits that may be available upon marriage, including various subsequent contingencies that may arise.
Today’s question asks if payments from an ex-spouse ordered by a court will reduce Social Security benefits. The answer reviews the effect of the court-ordered payments on retirement benefits based on the questioner's own record as well as on spousal and survivor benefits based on the ex's record.
Faisal Karmali had been a financial adviser for 10 years when he decided to add divorce financial planning to his toolkit.
Since then, his practice has surged, with new clients seeking advice at what may be the most financially fraught time of their lives.
OTTAWA — A major federal investigation into spousal violence says it cost society at least $7.4 billion for the thousands of incidents that occurred in just one year.
The Justice Canada study examined a broad range of economic impacts, from policing and health-care to funerals and lost wages, for every incident of spousal violence in 2009.
Today’s question asks if it might be possible to receive survivor's benefits based on the record of a late spouse who was already receiving survivor benefits based on the record of a previously deceased spouse. The answer notes the age threshold for retaining eligibility to survivor's benefits even after remarriage and reviews more general eligibility provisions regarding survivor's benefits.
Bob T., a loyal MR reader, asks the following:
10 (or more) most famous mistakes in economics.
Viner on costs and Feldstein on Social Security come to mind. Malthus? Not
talking about old vs. new economics, but simple analytical errors and bad
predictions.That's a good start. What else might be listed? Just to circumvent various hobby horses in the comments section, let's avoid Marx and Marxists, Keynes, and the last twenty years.