I began collecting Social Security disability when I was married. Is it possible that I am entitled to higher Social Security benefits from my ex-spouse?
Full question: I have a question. I have been collecting Social Security disability for a long time now. At the time I was married and did not recall qualifying for SSI. I really don’t know what is the difference between Social Security disability and SSI, but I have not been married for over eight years. Would I be able to apply for SSI? Would that give me extra income considering that I am the only income in the house and a single grandmother raising six grandchildren, three that I have adopted already and in the process of adopting another three?
I am guessing that when you refer to SSI, you mean Social Security income (benefits) based on your ex-spouse’s earnings record, not Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Since you were not married more than ten years, you are not entitled to Social Security ex-spousal or survivor benefits based on your previous spouse’s earnings.
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