Will My Social Security Benefits be Affected If I get Married?

There are always questions about Marriage and Social Security Benefits.  If you get Social Security disability or retirement benefits and you marry, will your benefits will stay the same.  Your getting married, you may have some questions about changing the name on your Social Security card.  Here’s how marriage may affect other benefits: 

Marriage and Social Security Benefits

Marriage and Social Security Benefits?

Because you get Social Security disability or retirement benefits and you get married again, there are four ways in which remarriage may affect your benefits:

  • Due to you receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits
    • If you marry, your spouse’s income and resources may change your SSI benefit.  You and your spouse both get SSI, your benefit amount will change from an individual rate to a couple’s rate.
  • If you receive benefits as a widow, divorced widow, widower, or divorced widower
    • You cannot get benefits if you remarry before age 60 or if you are disabled and remarry before age 50. If you remarry before you turn 50, you will not be entitled to survivor’s benefits, unless the marriage ends.

In the case that you remarry before you turn 60 and that marriage ends, you may become entitled or re-entitled to benefits on your prior deceased spouse’s earnings record.  Your benefits begin the first month in which the subsequent marriage ended if all entitlement requirements are met.

  • If you receive divorced spouse’s benefits
    • Generally, your benefits end if you remarry. Check out if you are divorced for more information.
  • Benefits for a child under age 18 or student ages 18 or 19

Also, your remarriage after age 60 does not prevent you from becoming entitled to benefits on your prior deceased spouse’s Social Security earnings record. Visit our Benefits Planners for more information about Marriage and Social Security Benefits.

For more information, call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; or contact your local Social Security office.  

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