CHAPTER11

Special Circumstances

In This Chapter

  • Social Security protection if you’re divorced or widowed
  • How to maximize your spousal benefits
  • What happens to your benefits if you live outside the United States
  • The impact on Social Security benefits if you’re incarcerated

There are several special situations that can impact your Social Security benefits. In this chapter, we review two of the most common ones, widowhood and divorce, as well as two unique situations that impact hundreds of thousands of Americans every year: living outside of the United States or under incarceration.

For each of these situations, there are specific conditions ...

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