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I am disabled but do not have enough work credits to claim SSDI benefits. Can I claim disability benefits on my spouse's record?

In order to claim disability benefits, you must meet medical requirements, have paid into the Social Security system and must meet minimum work requirements. If you do not qualify based on your own earnings, then you could apply for a spouse benefit (based on your spouse's earnings) beginning at age 62 or a Disabled Widow(er) Benefit beginning at age 50 (in the event of your spouse's death).


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