If I get married, will it affect my benefits?

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) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; or contact your local Social Security office.  

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  • Date Created: 03/31/2014
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