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Why is Step Parent's Income Included in Calculating SSI Benefits?

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My son is autistic and receives SSI. His biological father and I are divorced and I will be remarrying in September of 2011. At a redetermining appointment at SSI, I was told that I had to notify them as soon as I remarried because my new husband's income would then be counted into what my son gets in SSI. My question is why would his income be counted?

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July 15, 20110 found this helpful

Call your local social security office and ask. It probably has to do with the amount of total income your family will have. I would assume the child support you receive is counted too.

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July 18, 20110 found this helpful

Because it is considered household income. It may not change the amount but they still need to know.

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July 18, 20110 found this helpful

It's a common-sense question: if your son will be living with you and your new husband, and your new husband's income will be helping to support the family, then it's considered support- and depending on the amount, your son's payments may be higher or lower than what you are used to, or it might not change at all.

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July 19, 20110 found this helpful

It is my understanding that SSI is based on income. Social Security and Social Security Disability are not based on income.

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