Marriage changes a lot of things, including how you should consider claiming Social Security benefits. Married couples have more options for claiming Social Security than single people. Spouses may start benefits at different ages and may be eligible for spousal benefits that can be up to half of what their partner receives.

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  • Social Security Factors for Married Couples
    Social Security Factors for Married Couples. In order to make the most beneficial claiming decision, marrieds must factor in spousal and survivor benefits. Keep in mind the following relevant factors when deciding when you should take Social Security as a married couple.
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  • How Couples Can Maximize Social Security Benefits
    5 Social Security tips for couples. Consequently, even small missteps can shave thousands from the cumulative benefits you receive as a couple. To prevent you and your partner from getting short-changed, consider these five tips for helping married couples maximize their Social Security benefits.
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