Does Alimony Affect My Pennsylvania SSDI Benefits?

November 14, 2013

If I Get Alimony From a Divorce, Will This Impact my Pennsylvania SSDI Benefits?


Pennsylvania SSDI Lawyer | Social Security Disability Benefits in PhiladelphiaWhen people receive SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) they often wonder if receiving other money will impact their benefits.  One common area of concern is alimony. Alimony is money one ex-spouse receives from another after a divorce.  It is also common for one spouse to receive spousal support (also called alimony pendent lite) during the time the divorce is still going forward.

The amount of SSDI benefits you receive is based on how much money  you earned when you worked. As a result, the amount of alimony you receive after (or during) a divorce is not relevant to your SSDI.  However, if you are on SSI (Supplemental Security Income) any alimony you receive, will greatly impact your benefits. This is because SSI is needs based, and virtually all money is counted towards the amount of money you can receive each month.

If you are seeking a divorce, it is wise to be cautious if you believe you will receive money from your soon to be ex-spouse. Check with your divorce attorney to make certain that you will not be harmed by receiving alimony. It is important to weigh both the positives and negatives of any change in your financial status.

Seeking Social Security Disability in Pennsylvania?

If you are disabled and need help obtaining SSDI or SSI, don’t hesitate to contact W. Daniel Feehan at Lowenthal & Abrams.  Daniel is a kind and conscientious attorney who knows the Social Security system well. He works hard to help disabled people obtain the benefits they need.  Contact Daniel today.


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