How marriage affects Social Security benefits depends on the type of benefits you get.
In general, getting married should not affect your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. However, there are some cases where you could lose your benefits after you get married, so you should discuss your situation with your local Social Security field office or with a Pittsburgh Social Security Disability attorney.
Getting married—or even moving in with a significant other—could put your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in jeopardy.
Getting Married While Receiving Social Security Disability Income
As long as you qualify for SSDI based on your own work record, getting married will not affect your disability benefits. You can continue to draw your monthly benefits without interruption.
The rules are different, however, if you qualify based on someone else’s work records. If your disability depends on the work record of a parent or ex-spouse, you will likely lose your benefits when you get married. You could also lose your SSDI benefits if:
- You receive them based on the work record of a deceased spouse; and
- You remarry before age 50
Supplemental Security Income and Marriage
The qualifications for Supplemental Security Income require the Social Security Administration to look at a person’s household income and assets when approving them for this type of disability. When you get married, it increases your household income and assets. In this way, getting married could decrease your SSI payment or cause them to terminate it entirely.
If your new spouse also receives SSI benefits, the Social Security Administration will consider the amount you should get, based on the criteria for couples. This could reduce your benefits significantly.
Let Berger and Green Help You With Your Disability Benefits
If you have questions or concerns about what will happen to your Pittsburgh Social Security disability benefits if you get married, the team from Berger and Green can help. We can explain your qualifications and help you file any necessary paperwork, or we can help you fight a wrongful termination of your benefits.
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Talk to a Pittsburgh Social Security Disability Attorney Today
The disability attorneys from Berger and Green know what it takes to get and keep your SSDI and/or SSI benefits. We can evaluate your case, answer any questions you may have, and fight to help you keep the disability benefits you need if you cannot work.
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