The surviving spouse can receive no further benefits until becoming entitled to a surviving spouse's benefit at age 60 (or a disabled widow's or widower's benefit
at age 50).
This also includes anybody who is receiving widow's benefit, widow's mother's allowance and widower's benefit
, if they live with a partner that benefit is not payable and they are cheating the public.
RE ALEC McFadden's fight for widower's benefit
and his vow to go to the European Court of Human Rights (Daily Post, January 19).
If your wife earned more than you, you are entitled to widower's benefits
. When a widow or widower, or a surviving ex-spouse, waits until age 60 or later to remarry, they preserve the right to collect Social Security benefits on their deceased spouse's earnings record.
Any female member's service prior to this date does not count towards widower's benefits