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How Long Do You Need To Be Married To Collect Spousal Benefits? Skip to content

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How long do you have to be married to collect spousal benefits?

En español | To receive a spouse benefit, you generally must have been married at least one year.  However, this requirement is met if, in the month before the month of marriage, you had been entitled or potentially entitled to benefits as a spouse or divorced spouse, surviving spouse or surviving divorced spouse, parent, or disabled adult child.

Published October 10, 2018

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