An eligible widow(er) is a:
- widow(er) - a person who was married to the employee at the time of death;
- remarried widow(er) - a person who was married to the employee at the time of death and has since remarried; or
- surviving divorced spouse - a person who was married to the employee for at least ten years and was finally divorced from the employee.
Each of these groups of widow(er) have different requirements concerning marriage to the employee, as well as any remarriages. However, all widow(er)s have the same age requirement. (Refer to the appropriate sections in Part III for marriage and age requirements.)
If you are age 50 and a disability keeps you from earning money from working, you may file for a Disabled Widow(er)'s annuity.
NOTE: A widow(er) who is currently receiving a spouse annuity does not need to file an application. Refer to the section in Part V, "If You Are Currently Receiving A Spouse Annuity," for additional information.