How Social Security benefits work when a spouse is disabled

August 22, 2015 8:02 PM

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A: You may be able to get your spouse’s retirement benefits if you are at least 62 years of age and your spouse is receiving Social Security disability benefits, says William “BJ” Jarrett, a public affairs specialist with the Social Security Administration in Baltimore.

According to Jarrett, you can receive the spouse's benefit, regardless of age, if you are caring for his or her child who is under age 16 or disabled and also receiving benefits.

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