Sunday, May 20, 2007

Income from a spouse - will it affect whether or not I can get disability ?

If you are applying for social security disability insurance benefits (SSDI), then the income or earnings from your spouse will not have any effect on your claim. And by this I mean that it will neither affect your eligibility to apply for disability, your eligibility to receive disability benefits, nor will it have any effect on your benefit amount.

If you are applying for SSI disability benefits, however, or are receiving SSI disability benefits, the issue is entirely different. If your spouse works and earns an appeciable amount of income, this may prevent you from applying for SSI, and if you receive SSI the amount earned by your spouse may potentially have an affect on the amount of your benefit check.

When it comes to spousal or family income and eligibility for SSI, the income of a spouse is deemed. What is deeming? One definition of deeming is The process of considering income and reserve of persons in the household . However, in this case, it is better to say that the spouse of an income is counted partially toward the income eligibility of an SSI applicant or recipient.

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