In the US, almost every single working individual knows of the benefits available to them should they become disabled or once they retire. However, the majority of Americans are unaware that Social Security provides benefits to the spouses of those workers and even those who have divorced.
WTSP 10 News recently published an article on the 5 Surprising Facts of Spousal Benefits everyone should know. While the article focuses on the benefits available for retirement, these facts are true in Social Security Disability cases as well.
One of the most significant aspects of Spousal Benefits in Social Security Disability cases is that a spouse who lacks the sufficient amount of work credits, and therefore cannot apply for Social Security Disability under their earnings record, CAN apply for Social Security Disability under their WORKING SPOUSES' earnings record in certain circumstances. This option can provide those individuals who lack the amount of credits a significant increase in benefits from what they would be entitled to under SSI (which has no work credit requirement) to the benefits they can receive under Social Security Disability.
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