Overview of Disability
Disability Back Pay
Disability Advice Tips
How long do cases take?
How to win Disability
SSD Mistakes to avoid
Disability for Mental
What if you get denied?
How to file Appeals
Disability through SSA
SSI Disability Benefits
Disability for Children
How do I qualify for it?
Working and Disability
Disability Award Notice
Disability Lawyer Q&A
Disability Conditions List
What is a disability?
Your Medical Evidence
Filing for your Disability
SSD SSI Definitions
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Can you draw Social Security Disability on a spouse's Social Security earnings record?
Question 1: How can I be denied at 37 for not paying in enough Social Security when the mental disorders I have including Anxiety, OCD, ADHD and my most menacing one bipolar has impaired me in my ability to gain and maintain steady employment since before my 20's? I worked as much as my combined disorders allowed me to.
Question 2: I was married for the last 14 years. Can I draw SS disability on his social security earnings?
There is no way around it, Social Security disability depends upon an insured status that is earned through work activity. If you have not worked enough, you are not insured not matter what your disabling condition. You can file for SSI disability, if you do not have too much income or resources. SSI is based upon need rather than insured status.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to draw on your ex-spouse's record until you are age 62, unless he passes away. If he passes away, you can potentially receive divorced disabled widow's benefits at age 50-60, provided you do not remarry until after the age of 50. Or you can receive as a widow at age 60 if you have not remarried.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
What If I Do Not Have Enough Work Credits For Social Security Disability Benefits?
Disability Criteria - Eligibility For Social Security and SSI Disability
Receiving a Spousal Social Security Benefit while still working
Facts about OCD and Filing for Disability
Anxiety Disorder, Social Security Disability, and Applying for Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI and ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits
Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?
How do you find out if a Social Security disability claim has been approved or even denied?
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
How much does Social Security Disability or SSI pay?
How does the Social Security Disability Review work?
What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
More differences between Social Security Disability and SSI