Leaving a marriage is rarely an easy decision. And financial concerns can only complicate matters. In many marriages, one partner is the primary bread-winner, but that can change over time, especially if that bread-winner becomes disabled and can't work. And if your ex-spouse or soon-to-be ex is on disability insurance, can that affect your alimony or spousal support payments after a divorce?
Here's how to figure it out.
Disability and Alimony
For those receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, a divorce won't affect those payments. However, SSDI benefits may be garnished to pay child support or alimony following a divorce. And if you were receiving spousal SSDI benefits during your marriage, those payments will remain the same.
If your ex-spouse qualifies for SSDI benefits, you might be eligible to receive alimony or spousal support if:
Disability, Divorce, and Death
Additionally, if your ex-spouse dies following the divorce, you may still be eligible to receive auxiliary benefits. Alimony or spousal support payments from SSDI benefits may continue if:
Divorce can be difficult -- emotionally, legally, and financially. Make sure you have an experienced divorce attorney on your side if you are considering a divorce.