Social Security Administration Begins Processing Claims For Same Sex Couples

September 11, 2013

The laws that oversee how and to who Social Security Benefits are offered can be quite complex. With the federal government acknowledging the legitimacy of same sex marriages, many citizens questioned if homosexual couples would be allowed to qualify for government benefits.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently responded by saying it is now beginning to process claims for same-sex couples and are also issuing payments in cases that are approved.

The Supreme Court recently ruled on the Defense of Marriage Act and found that marriages between individuals of the same sex should be recognized with the same rights as marriages of heterosexual couples.

This means spouses of the same sex may now be entitled to a portion of a partner’s Social Security Benefits at retirement or death.

The SSA is currently working to ensure all policies and procedures are in place to process these claims. The agency also encourages citizens who believe they may be entitled to an award from a claim to begin the application process immediately to ensure they do not lose any potential benefits. When the Department of Justice releases final instructions on how to proceed, claims will be processed.

The Social Security Benefit Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize how complicated the process and regulations for receiving benefits can be. That is why the firm suggests discussing your legal options with an attorney if you are considering applying for benefits or have a claim that was denied in the past.

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