If I get married, will it have an effect on my benefit?

If you are receiving SSI, widow or widower's benefits, your marriage may affect your benefit.  If you receive retirement or Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits, your marriage will not affect your benefit.

SSI benefits

If you get married, your spouse's income and resources may affect your eligibility.

If you and your spouse are on SSI, the benefit you receive will change from an individual rate to a couple rate.

Widow or Widower's benefits

Generally, you cannot get widow or widower's benefits if you remarry before age 60 (or age 50 if you are disabled).

For information that is more specific to your situation:

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  • Date Created: 12/5/2013
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