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Will the income of a Spouse Affect My Disability Benefits?

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If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income, a.k.a. SSI disability, your spouse’s income may affect the amount of your monthly disability benefit. SSI only considers a spouse’s income if they live in the household with you.

Social Security may consider your live-in partner as spouse if you hold yourselves out to friends, community, and family as "husband and wife" even if you have not legally married. Therefore, their income would be counted the same as a legal spouse, which might cause your SSI monthly disability benefits to change. Whether or not your SSI benefit will be reduced and by how much depends upon your spouse’s earnings.

Your spouse’s income affects your SSI disability benefit amount because SSI is a need based disability program. As with all social help programs, one's eligibility and benefit amount depend upon income and resources. Income related issues are one of the leading causes for overpayments in the SSI disability program. It is advisable to report all living arrangement changes and income promptly.

Social Security disability, on the other hand, is not a need-based disability program. Therefore, income or resources (i.e. assets) do not affect disability benefits. If your spouse has income it will not affect your Social Security disability amount, whereas if you receive SSI and your spouse has income, that spousal income may very well affect your SSI.

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