How Much Money Does the Government Allow for a Widow's Pension?


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The amount a widow receives in survivor benefits is completely dependent on the earnings of her deceased husband, explains the Social Security Administration. The widow receives a percentage of the Social Security benefits owed to the deceased husband, with amounts varying by age and family condition.

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A widow who has reached full retirement age is entitled to receive 100 percent of the benefits due to her deceased husband, according to the Social Security Administration. As of 2015, between the age of 60 and full retirement age, the widow may receive 71.5 to 99 percent of the total amount of her husband's benefits. A widow who is still caring for any child 15 years or younger receives 75 percent of the total benefit. A widow who is disabled and between the ages of 50 and 60 receives 71.5 percent of the benefits.

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