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If you get Social Security disability or retirement benefits and you marry, your benefit will stay the same. Here’s how marriage may affect other benefits:

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • If you marry, your spouse's income and resources may change your SSI benefit; or
  • If you and your spouse both get SSI, your benefit amount will change from an individual rate to a couple’s rate.  
Benefits for a widow, divorced widow, widower or divorced widower
  • You cannot get benefits if you remarry before age 60; and
  • You cannot get benefits if you are disabled and remarry before age 50.
Divorced spouse’s benefits

Generally, your benefits end if you remarry.

Benefits for a child under age 18 or student ages 18 or 19

Benefits end if you marry.

For more information, call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), 8:00 am – 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday; or contact your local Social Security office.

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