Miami Herald - Fort Myers widow Arlene Goldberg has finally received official Florida recognition of her marriage to Carol Goldwasser: Under a judge's order, the state amended Goldwasser's death certificate to read “married.”
“I was really excited. I couldn’t believe they did it,” Goldberg said about the amended death certificate. “Of course, the judge mandated it be done. And it’s done.”
Partners for 47 years, Goldberg and Goldwasser moved from the Bronx to Florida in 1989 and married in New York in October 2011. Goldwasser died March 13. The certificate was amended two weeks ago.
Goldberg’s primary income is Social Security. Because Florida doesn’t recognize Goldberg’s marriage, she was unable to qualify as Goldwasser’s widow and collect her Social Security payments, which were $700 more each month than Goldberg’s.
It’s unclear whether Social Security will immediately accept Goldwasser’s amended death certificate and change Goldberg’s monthly payment.
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