Social Security Spousal Benefit Rules to Know

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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on The Penny Hoarder.

The benefits of marriage don’t stop at love and companionship. In some situations, marriage can result in more Social Security benefits. If you stay married for at least 10 years, those benefits can last even if you get divorced.

But the rules for marriage and Social Security get complicated.

You don’t automatically get more Social Security benefits just because you’re married. Many, if not most, people will get the biggest benefit by claiming on their own work record.

But if your work history is limited and you marry someone who earns significantly more money than you do, you may get more from Social Security by claiming spousal benefits. Here are several things married couples can’t afford not to know.

1. You can get up to 50% of your spouse’s full benefit

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The maximum

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26 Work-From-Home Jobs That Can Pay $100,000 or More

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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.com.

It’s a bit of a fallacy that remote jobs don’t pay well. In fact, well-qualified professionals with the right skills and experience can often find great high-paying, work-from-home jobs that offer the same career opportunities as traditional positions.

So, which fields offer high-paying, work-from-home careers? We’ve listed dozens of different jobs from eight career categories that all have the potential to pay $100,000+ per year. We’ve consulted PayScale to find the salary range for each role.

The majority of these work-from-home jobs that pay well are all high-level positions that require an education and multiple years of experience. Click on each job title to find the available open jobs on FlexJobs right now, and be sure to check out the rest of our listings in over 50 different flexible career areas.

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Never Put These 7 Things on Your Resume

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Are you preparing a resume? It’s natural to want to tell prospective employers all about yourself — but some things are better left unsaid.

Remember, you have only a limited amount of space to convince someone you would be a good hire. So, avoid including anything that might offend or cause an employer to question your abilities.

Following are some key things to avoid on your resume.

Criticism of past employers

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A sure way to put off a potential employer is to waste space on your resume criticizing past employers or supervisors. You may feel perfectly justified in your criticism, but the purpose of a resume is to showcase talents and abilities, not to air grievances.

Don’t give prospective employers the impression that you are disloyal or generally disgruntled. Instead, write about your positive relationships and accomplishments. Tell people about the good things

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