Same-Sex Couples May Now Qualify for Supplemental Security Income
June 30th, 2014|
Proving to Social Security Administration that you’re in need of assistance through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be a difficult process, but it can be even more frustrating when you’re denied access to the program based on a lifestyle choice.
In the past, individuals involved in same-sex marriages or relationships could not have their relationship status recognized by the Social Security Administration. This is because federal policy prohibited same-sex couples from being able to jointly file for benefits.
This has changed with a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. According to Investment News, the SSA will now not only recognize a married couple of the same sex when an application is submitted, but will also use a spouse of the same sex’s information when making a decision in a disability or Supplemental Security Income case.
In order for a couple to qualify for Social Security spousal benefits, the pair must have been married for at least one year and also be residents of a state that recognizes same-sex marriages.
Many U.S. citizens have seen this change in policy as the beginning of a new age for equality and the Supplemental Security Income Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos and Newlin are here to help if you or your loved one are seeking Social Security benefits.