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I am 39 years old. I’ve just been approved for my social security benefits. I have a 7-year-old daughter. I’d like to marry again since I’m now divorced. Will this affect my benefits?

2018-01-14T21:00:12+00:00

Q. I am 39 years old. I’ve just been approved for my social security benefits. I have a 7-year-old daughter. I’d like to marry again since I’m now divorced. Will this affect my benefits?

 

A. Whether marriage will affect your benefit depends on the type of benefit you are receiving.

Marriage never affects a personally earned Social Security Disability Insurance benefit (SSDI). SSDI is a partial replacement of earnings lost due to disability.

Marriage does affect Supplementary Security Income (SSI). SSI is an assistance benefit payable to aged, blind or disabled persons with little or no income or resources. If an SSI beneficiary marries, the income of both spouses must be counted in determining whether benefits are payable.