A question we are frequently asked is whether or not a significant other’s income will affect your claim. First, it is important to note that you do not need to be married to your significant other for their income to be counted: Social Security will look at the income for any person you are romantically involved with if they are living with you. Now, to answer the question of why your significant other’s income affects your claim, we first need to look at the two different types of disability benefits.
1. Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits
Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (or DIB) are determined by your past relevant work history. If you have worked the required amount of time, you are eligible to receive these benefits. In this instance, your significant other’s income will NOT affect your ability to receive these types of benefits.
2. Supplemental Security Income
For SSI benefits, if you or your significant other are making above a limit that is predetermined by Social Security, you will unfortunately fall out of the “needs based” category and be disqualified from receiving SSI benefits.
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