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The Social Security Administration can provide benefits in three different categories, they include; when you retire, if you become disabled, and lastly when you die. Mary would have been eligible for retirement benefits as a divorced spouse on John’s Social Security record if she was married to him for at least 10 years, was at least 62 years old, was unmarried and was not entitled to a higher Social Security benefit on her own merit.
You will also need to provide Social Security with an original or certified copy of your birth certificate, your last earnings documents (W-2, last pay stub, statement of your employer, etc.) and copies (keep the originals) of any medical records you may be able to obtain.
The original public comment period ended on November 17th, but Social Security will reopen the comment period to provide an additional 15 days from the date of publication of the Federal Register notice to allow additional comment on our proposed policy regarding the use of standardized tests.
At the Social Security Administration, where Commissioner Jo Anne Barnhart has publicly warned that proposed budget cuts would require furloughs of about 10 days agencywide, that flexibility could mean the agency gets sufficient funding to stay open as usual.
Social Security also will soon launch a video contest How Social Security Has Made a Difference in My Life.” Submitted videos will be posted on the agency’s YouTube channel and the winning video will be posted on Details of the contest will be posted on the website later this week.