If I receive SSDI and I divorce, will my SSDI increase?
"Hi. I currently receive SSDI. My husband and I are divorcing. Will my SSDI increase, then?"
Unfortunately, divorce has no effect on your Social Security Disability benefit amount. The amount of your disability benefit was determined when you became eligible to receive your monthly disability benefit. Social Security based your disability benefit amount computation on your earnings prior to your becoming disabled. If you are not working any kind of job, annual cost of living increases are the only thing that will increase your monthly SSDI disability benefit amount.
About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.
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