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Marital Status and Benefit Considerations

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A change in marital status can interrupt your ability to receive certain benefits if you are currently receiving them under “spouse” status. If you are getting Veterans Spousal Benefits and you are getting a divorce, you may no longer be eligible for those benefits.

If you are marrying for the first time, a change in marital status can impact your household income level. This change could affect the amount of public benefits you can get. The rules about marital status and benefits can be confusing. You should call your local Area Agency on Aging at 1-877-353-3771 to find out how your benefits can be impacted by your new marital status. Planning ahead will ensure that you receive the right amount of benefits.

Important Note: If you received a “Notice of Overpayment”, or if you are being denied benefits, you need to call an attorney for help. If you are a Maine resident who is 60 or older, call the Legal Services for the Elderly Helpline at 1-800-750-5353 to talk to an attorney for free.