madbrain: "because they cannot be married, neither will be able to collect any social security survivor benefits if one person dies while retired. Thus, the social security income will drop in half when one partner dies."Even married spouses, when the first spouse dies, are forced to choose between receiving "their own" benefits or benefits as a "surviving spouse". "A surviving spouse is entitled to the greater of 100% of the deceased spouse’s social security benefits or his/her own working benefit."http://www.retirement-income.net/blog/social-security-benefi...I am unsure from whence you derived half. IIRC, none of the posts on the thread have discussed relative income of the partners.If, in fact, the partners' incomes were more or less equivalent throughout their careers, then they are actually closer to same treatment as people who can marry and much closer than if one of the partners had a substantially larger income than the other.Regards, JAFO
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