Please Note: Although the "Answers" in this book are drawn from the SSA website and publications, this book is not published, authorized, or endorsed by the Social Security Administration. The first book in this series, Answers to the 100 Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Retirement Benefits, is a primer on how to apply for benefits based on your own work record--explaining eligibility, when and how to apply, how your benefits are calculated, and what you need to report to Social Security once you are in the program. The response to this title indicated the need for additional information for anyone applying for benefits based on someone else's work record. Now, ANSWERS TO 100 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FOR MARRIED PEOPLE, DIVORCEES, DEPENDENTS, AND SURVIVORS reports in depth on "Auxiliary Benefits," which are based on someone else's work record that may be worth more than the benefits you are entitled to on your own work record, or that you may be entitled to even if you have never worked. The rules and regulations for Auxiliary Benefits are changing rapidly, as those in same sex marriages, civil unions, domestic partnerships, and other non-marital relationships become eligible for spousal benefits.
John Weber has previously deciphered The Sopranos (in The Tao of Bada Bing), Dan Brown (An Illustrated Guide to the Lost Symbol / S&S), and Donald Rumsfeld (The World According to Rummy). He lives in Brooklyn, NY.