What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?
I was married for 35 years and my wife died. She was collecting SS benefits at the time. I have never paid into the system, only her, and I although born in New York, have no way of proving that I am an American Citizen. I need to know what steps I need to go through to get surviving spouse benefits. So far I have been denied any benefits from the SSA.