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Old 05-23-2007, 06:30 PM   #241
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Thank you independent .I was leaning very heavily in waiting till 66 and you convinced me .
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Old 05-24-2007, 10:34 AM   #242
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After reading this board and some other sources, I currently plan as follows:

(1) spouse takes SS on her record at 62;
(2) spouse switches to higher spousal benefit at her full retirement age when the spousal benefit is maxed out;
(3) I'll wait until 70 to draw SS.

Deciding factor for me is the higher survivor's benefit for spouse if I wait until 70. Of course, all subject to change.
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Old 05-27-2007, 12:13 AM   #243
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After reading this board and some other sources, I currently plan as follows:

(1) spouse takes SS on her record at 62;
(2) spouse switches to higher spousal benefit at her full retirement age when the spousal benefit is maxed out;
(3) I'll wait until 70 to draw SS.

I thought this approach looked like a winner ... until I contacted SS.

Their comments regarding spouse taking an early benefit based on her work history followed by a step up in the benefit at her FRA were:


Your wife's benefit, whenever she starts the benefit stream, will be based on the larger of the two work records - hers and yours. If she starts before her full retirement age, there will be a reduction from that maximum benefit which will apply for all of her benefits until you pass away.
If she starts her benefit stream at age 62, she will receive 37% of her maximum benefit available based on the larger of her work history or your work history.

When you pass away, (assuming that your work history record is larger than hers), she will continue to get the benefit that you were getting at the time of your death or the benefit that you would have been eligible to get.
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Old 05-27-2007, 08:13 AM   #244
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ravvt, the spousal benefit stuff gets very complicated. I suggest reading this discussion:

You have to go through the entire thread to get at all the options regarding spousal benefits.

No more lawyer stuff, no more political stuff, so no more CYA

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Old 05-27-2007, 09:48 AM   #245
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This is not a suggestion. It seems that a divorce is a better deal.

Benefits for a divorced spouse
Your divorced spouse can get benefits on your Social Security record if the *marriage lasted at least 10 years. Your divorced spouse must be 62 or older and unmarried.
The amount of benefits he or she gets has no effect on the amount of benefits you or your current spouse can get.
Also, if you and your ex-spouse have been divorced for at least two years and you and your ex-spouse are
at least 62, he or she can get benefits even if you are not retired
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