Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOTV) - The Social Security Administration just came out with a new booklet titled, 'What Every Woman Should Know About Social Security' . It is a gem and truly does provide information that all women need to know. It is free and available from your local SSI office.
Why would I be writing about a booklet from SSI? Because it provides information for divorced women, victims of family violence as well as widows. For example, were you aware that if evidence shows you are being abused and your life is in danger, you can be assigned a new social security number? It is not done lightly because it may impact your ability to access past employment, financial and medical records. However, if you fear for your life from an abusive ex-husband, changing your SSI number will hamper his tracking you down if you relocate and start anew.
If you are divorced and have not checked with SSI about receiving benefits based on your ex-spouse's work, you need to do so. You may get a higher benefit based on his work rather than your own. You need to have his place and date of birth and his parent's names when inquire about receiving benefits based on his work record. You also must have been married to him for 10 years or longer, be aged 62 or older and be single.
If your ex-spouse is deceased, you can receive benefits, at any age, if you are caring for his child who is also your natural or legally adopted child who is under 16 years of age.
The above tidbits are just examples of the information, that may be of value to you, through this new publication . Whether you are retirement age, or not, every woman should read this! It even reminds you to inform SSI if you change your name after a divorce so that your work credits can be properly credited to you. You can find copies of all of SSI's publications on their website at www.socialsecurity.gov . The publication number of this great booklet is 05-10127 .
Nothing herein constitutes a legal opinion.
Copyright Social Security Administration, SSA Publication No. 05-10127, June, 2013
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