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Q: My wife and I both worked under Social Security. Her benefit estimate says she can get $850 a month at full retirement age and mine says I would get $1450. Do we each get  our own amount? Someone told me we  could only get my amount, plus one-half of that amount for my wife.




A. Since your wife's own benefit is more than one-half of  your amount, you will each get your own benefit. If your wife's own benefit were less than half of yours (that is, less than $725), she would receive her amount plus enough on your record to bring it up to the $725 amount.


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