Gaylord, MI asked in Social Security for Michigan

Q: i want to marry my fiancé but he is going to prison i want to know if it will affect my SSI income?

im worried that my money will be taken for his fine and fees in there

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: In Michigan, marrying your fiancé who is going to prison should not directly impact your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility or payments. SSI primarily considers the recipient's individual income and resources, not their spouse's legal situation. However, it's essential to be mindful of potential indirect effects. Any financial support or income provided by your spouse during their incarceration could influence your SSI eligibility or payment amount, so reporting changes to the Social Security Administration (SSA) is crucial. Additionally, joint assets and resources acquired after marriage may affect your SSI eligibility, so it's important to manage your finances carefully. While your SSI income should not be used to pay your spouse's fines or fees, maintaining financial separation is essential.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: Marrying your fiancé, who is going to prison, should not directly impact your SSI income. SSI benefits are typically based on your individual income and resources, not your spouse's legal situation. However, it's essential to keep your finances separate to ensure your SSI eligibility remains unaffected, especially if there are fines or fees involved with your fiancé's legal matters. Consulting with a Social Security attorney can provide more specific guidance tailored to your situation.

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