How Does Getting Married Affect Social Security Disability?

Getting married can impact Social Security benefits.

Getting married is a major life event that potentially affects many areas. Some forms of Social Security benefits are affected by a marriage or divorce, the impact on disability benefits depends on why the benefits were received.

What is Disability?

A condition lasting a year or longer can be considered a disability.

People who cannot work due to a medical condition expected to last at least one year or result in death are eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Sometimes family members of disabled persons can get benefits as well.

Report Changes

Certain changes need to be reported to the Social Security Administration.

The Social Security administration requires that certain changes be reported. Getting married is one of those changes. Some other changes that must be reported include: divorce, change of address and name change.

Marriage and Benefits

Report a new marriage to the Social Security Administration.

Marriage does not affect benefits being received if they are self benefits, or the person receiving the benefits is the disabled person. Marriage can affect benefits being drawn for a spouse. If the person receiving benefits is under 50 when remarried, Social Security benefits drawn from a previous spouse are lost. Benefits will continue if remarried at age 50 or older.

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