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You are very much dependent on the Social Security disability benefits that you receive every month. It is this money that helps put a roof over your head and food on your table. While it isn’t much, it is this money that gives you some certainty during this very difficult time in your life while you are living with a permanent disability or terminal illness.

Your life is forever changed by your prognosis and your inability to work, but life hasn’t stopped completely. There may still be changes in your personal life and you may wonder how these changes may impact your Social Security disability benefits.

Four Changes to Think About

In many cases, the following changes will not affect your Social Security disability eligibility:

  • Getting married. Your eligibility for Social Security disability is not dependent on your household income. If you were eligible as a single person then you should remain eligible for benefits after your marriage.
  • Getting divorced. If you qualified for Social Security disability because of your own work history and your own disability, then your divorce should not impact your continued Social Security disability benefits.
  • Moving to a new state. Social Security disability is a federal program and your benefits should not change if you move to Texas, from Texas, or to or from another state.
  • Being convicted of a crime. In many cases a conviction is irrelevant to your eligibility. However, some exceptions do apply to this rule. Notably, you may be unable to receive Social Security disability while you are incarcerated and you may not be eligible if you became disabled while committing a felony or while you were imprisoned for that felony.

Of course, some other exceptions may apply. If you have any questions about your initial or continued eligibility for Social Security disability benefits then you should get the answers that you deserve. We encourage you to browse our extensive library of articles and to stat a live chat with us today to learn more.

Morgan & Weisbrod LLP

by Paul B. Burkhalter
Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.


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