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Does Marriage Affect SSDI Benefits?

Social Security Disability benefits provide much-needed benefits to individuals who are suffering with a disabling condition, a condition which is severe enough that they are unable to engage in meaningful work and earn a decent living.

So, what if you are receiving SDDI benefits and you are planning to get married? Will your new spouse’s income make it so you no longer qualify for disability benefits?

We have good news for you, if you do get married while you are receiving disability benefits, your benefits will not be interrupted; they will stay the same. Continue reading to see how marriage can affect disability benefits.

If you’re receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI):

  • SSI can be affected by marriage. If you do get married while receiving SSI, then your benefits may be affected by your new spouse’s income and resources.
  • If you and your new spouse are both receiving SSI, instead of receiving the individual rate, you will start receiving the “couple’s rate.”

Widow, widower, divorced widow or widower benefits:

  • You will not be able to receive benefits if you remarry before you reach the age of 60.
  • If you are disabled and you remarry before you turn 50, you cannot receive benefits.

Benefits for divorced spouses:

  • If you are divorced, your divorced spouse’s benefits will end if you get married again.

Benefits for minors under 18 or students 18 or 19 years-of-age:

  • Your benefits would end if you were to get married.

If you are receiving Social Security Disability benefits, it’s important that you fully understand your reporting requirements, as well as how certain factors, such as receiving workers’ compensation or returning to work may affect your eligibility for SSDI.

If you have further question or need legal advice regarding the SSDI or SSI programs, please contact a Dallas Social Security Disability lawyer from The Zendeh Del Law Firm.