Surviving Spouse Law and Legal Definition

A surviving spouse is defined as a person of the opposite sex who was the spouse of an individual at the time of his or her death, and who lived with the individual continuously from the date of marriage to the date of death. Ford v. Shinseki, 2009 U.S. App. Vet. Claims LEXIS 1658 (U.S. App. Vet. Cl. Sept. 21, 2009)