How Will Getting Married or Other Changes Affect My Social Security Disability Benefits?

June 1, 2015

Once you have been approved for Social Security Disability benefits, you are required to report any changes that could affect your disability payments to the Social Security Administration right away.

If you get married while you are receiving SSD benefits, your benefit amount will remain the same. If you are receiving benefits on your divorced spouse’s work record, your benefits will end if you remarry.

If you should return to work whether it is just a part time job for a small amount of pay, you need to report it. Your working can affect your medical eligibility when you earn beyond a certain point.

If you move to another state it will not interrupt your Social Security Disability benefits because it is a federal program. When you are planning to move be sure to notify the Social Security Administration of your new address, and phone number right away so that they will know where to send your benefits.

The Social Security Administration holds you the recipient responsible to keep them informed about the following in a timely manner:

  • Any change in your ability to work
  • You return to work in any capacity
  • You see improvement in your medical condition
  • You start receiving other disability benefits
  • If you get married or divorced or change your name
  • If there is a warrant for your arrest or if you have been convicted of a crime
  • If you leave the United States or your citizen status changes

What might cause my SSD benefits to stop?

While you are receiving SSD benefits there will be continuing disability reviews to make sure that you are still medically disabled. The Social Security Administration will review cases in roughly three to seven year intervals. If the medical or psychiatric condition that qualified you for disability payments has improved your benefits will end.

The other change that will make your SSD benefits come to an end is your return to work. Also, if you are confined to a prison after being convicted of a crime, your benefits will stop while you are in jail. In some cases, being convicted of a felony will end your benefits.

If you receive Social Security Disability benefits and you anticipate some important changes in your life, you might consider meeting with a knowledgeable, Philadelphia SSD attorney who will answer your questions and give you sound legal advice.

If you have questions about filing for social security disability benefits, you are welcome to contact the Philadelphia SSD attorneys at Larry Pitt & Associates to discuss your case. We help people all over Pennsylvania, including in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.