Generally, if a person works, he or she cannot collect Social Security disability benefits. However, what if the person’s husband or wife works? If a person with a disability’s husband or wife is employed does that mean the person cannot collect disability benefits?
Could I Be Denied Disability Benefits If My Spouse Works?
It depends on whether you collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI is not a need-based program. Therefore, your husband or wife’s income will not impact your SSDI benefits.
However, your spouse’s income is considered when calculating your Supplemental Security Income benefits. SSI will only count your spouse’s income when figuring out your benefit amount if your partner lives in the same household as you. This means that if you have a live-in partner that you are not married to, their income will impact your SSI benefits. Depending on how much income your spouse makes, your SSI benefits could be reduced.
How Can a Social Security Lawyer Help Me Collect Disability Benefits?
In the video below, Tulsa disability attorney Erin Stackenwalt explains how a Social Security lawyer can help you secure disability benefits in Oklahoma, including Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income.