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Getting married and losing SSI payments? Casbutt Due April 27; 2 kids; Columbus, OH, United States 13769 posts
18th Apr '11

OK, I still haven't been able to figure out if I would lose my SSI payments if I get married before my fiance goes to boot camp. I just want to make sure I have money until he graduates basic training, but someone told me that just being married while he's getting military pay will make me lose my payments.

I'm just afraid of not having enough money to live until he graduates basic. Does anyone know if you lose SSI while your spouse is still in basic training, or if that happens after he/she has graduated and you're able to live together?

Timothy Hay 2 kids; Georgia 22783 posts
18th Apr '11
Quoting Squeekerz:" OK, I still haven't been able to figure out if I would lose my SSI payments if I get married before my ... [snip!] ... while your spouse is still in basic training, or if that happens after he/she has graduated and you're able to live together?"


I think it depends on why you are recieving it?

♥Mama to 2 2 kids; Georgia 10410 posts
18th Apr '11

IDK. My SIL gets SSI checks for her son because he has autism and adhd, and she said she cannot get married because she'll lose those checks for him.

Casbutt Due April 27; 2 kids; Columbus, OH, United States 13769 posts
18th Apr '11
Quoting Timothy Hay:" I think it depends on why you are recieving it?"

"Mental" disability.

Kray K Due April 5; 2 kids; Spring hill, Fl, United States 1348 posts
18th Apr '11

Why if you don't mind me ask are you recieving ssi my aunt broke her back in a car accident and till about a month ago when she decided to go back to school they still sent her check but then stopped because she went back to school and she got remarried and still got it

Casbutt Due April 27; 2 kids; Columbus, OH, United States 13769 posts
18th Apr '11
Quoting [♥]Jessica[♥]:" IDK. My SIL gets SSI checks for her son because he has autism and adhd, and she said she cannot get married because she'll lose those checks for him."

That's what I'm afraid of. I'll be fine losing the benefits once he's established in the Navy and I can count on receiving money. I just don't know how it works while he's in basic training, but a lot of people told me it'd be best to get married before he leaves as opposed to afterwards...

Timothy Hay 2 kids; Georgia 22783 posts
18th Apr '11
Quoting Squeekerz:" "Mental" disability."

I'd think since your income level would still be pretty low while he is intraining, you should still qualify for a while, but I'm not sure.

Casbutt Due April 27; 2 kids; Columbus, OH, United States 13769 posts
18th Apr '11
Quoting AJ & Eli:" Why if you don't mind me ask are you recieving ssi my aunt broke her back in a car accident and till ... [snip!] ... to school they still sent her check but then stopped because she went back to school and she got remarried and still got it"

I'm considered disabled. I have Major Depressive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and mild Scoliosis. >.>

Casbutt Due April 27; 2 kids; Columbus, OH, United States 13769 posts
18th Apr '11
Quoting Timothy Hay:" I'd think since your income level would still be pretty low while he is intraining, you should still qualify for a while, but I'm not sure. "


Hmm.. I have no idea. I guess I'll just ask him to talk to his recruiter about it.

drearydragon 2 kids; Virginia 3107 posts
18th Apr '11

I hope you get to keep them. Im going to lose my food stamps for sure when I get married but thats 5 months away.

Casbutt Due April 27; 2 kids; Columbus, OH, United States 13769 posts
18th Apr '11
Quoting drearydragon:" I hope you get to keep them. Im going to lose my food stamps for sure when I get married but thats 5 months away."



Me too. If I wont' be able to, we won't be able to get married 'til after basic training. :(

drearydragon 2 kids; Virginia 3107 posts
18th Apr '11

I looked it up online and it looks like you could lose, or at least see a reduction in your benefits if you do get married. This is what I found :




You need to figure out which, if any, of your benefits are "means tested", meaning that they depend upon your household income, and then determine if you will continue to qualify for some or all of those benefits even with your combined household income. SSI, Supplemental Security Income, is a means tested benefit. You could also call it welfare for the disabled and elderly. SSDI, Social Security Disability Insurance is not means tested benefit. It is based on contributions to the Social Security system through payroll taxes made while working. SSI does consider all sources of income in determining SSI payments, including deemed income from a spouse. There is a formula. The more money the spouse receives from whatever source, the less money the SSI recipient qualifies for. When both members of a couple are disabled, sometimes it is a good idea for both to apply for SSI as a couple even when one already has SSDI. Generally, SSI benefits are higher when there are two needy people rather than one needy person.