If you live in the same household with a person of the opposite sex, SSA may consider you to be married. This is important for two reasons:
1. If your spouse also gets SSI, then SSA may consider the two of you to be a "Couple on SSI" and give you a combined cash benefit that is less than the sum of your individual benefits. This is because the Federal Benefit Rate for couples is less than twice that for individuals.
2. If your spouse does not get SSI, then SSA may deem some of that personís income to you, lowering your benefit amount.
A man and woman are "married" for SSI purposes if they are living in the same household and are married under the laws of their State; or if they are holding themselves out as husband and wife to the community in which they live; or if one is entitled, as the spouse of the other, to Social Security benefits.
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