If SSA considers you married and you are living with your spouse, then if your spouse does not also get SSI, some of your spouse's income, if any, may be counted by SSA to reduce your SSI cash benefit or to determine your eligibility for SSI benefits. Additionally, all of your spouse's resources are included as yours to determine your eligibility for SSI.
Deeming does not apply when you are not in the same household as your spouse unless the absence is temporary or your spouse is absent from the household due solely to a duty assignment as a member of the armed forces on active duty.
See "Deeming Income from Spouse - Amount" for information about kinds of income that are included and excluded.
See "Deeming Resources from Spouse - Amount" for information about how your spouse’s resources are deemed to you.
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