Overview of Disability

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Disability Requirements

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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

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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

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

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SSDRC Disability Blog

What if a husband and wife are both receiving disability?

Yes, if both individuals in a marriage receive social security disability benefits it won't make a difference for either one of them as far as A. their eligibility to receive monthly disability benefits and B. how much they can receive as a monthly benefit amount.

As I've mentioned in a number of prior posts, SSDI a.k.a. social security disability insurance, is a federal insurance entitlement benefit (which is why it is also referred to as DIB, which stands for disability insurance benefits). And since it is, an individual who applies for disability and is found to be medically disabled will receive monthly benefits as long as they are not engaged in work activity above a certain limit (to see this limit on work earnings, view this page: substantial gainful activity, or SGA). Being married to someone, even to someone who also has a disability and receives SSDI will make no difference whatsoever.

However, with SSI disability, things are different. As I've stated numerous times here, SSI is a need-based program that is subject to asset restrictions (the asset limit for SSI eligibility is two thousand dollars). SSI is also a program that considers family income. So, if you receive SSI disability and your spouse has earned income, this can count against you and potentially make you ineligible to receive benefits.

To reiterate, if both individuals in a marriage receive social security disability, neither can affect the other's benefits, whether one or both is working or not. However, if two individuals are married and one receives SSI, the income of the spouse can potentially make the individual receiving disability ineligible.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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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

How and why to check Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability back pay
Non medical requirements for disability
Qualifying for disability, SSD SSI
When does social security consider you eligible for disability benefits?
Who qualifies for SSI?
Forms to complete when filing, applying for disability
How long does SSDI and SSI disability take to get?
Filing for disability with Depression
Can You Get Approved For SSI or SSD Benefits with a Mental Condition
How long for a disability judge to make a decision?
While you are in your disability interview
The SSD and SSI definition of disability
Filing for disability with carpal tunnel syndrome
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Can you work if you get a disability check?
Disability application denied
File for disability, the application
How to get disability benefits
Conditions that get approved for disability
How to Appeal a disability claim denial from Social Security