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How will the Supreme Court's DOMA decision affect Social Security?

The Supreme Court's decision to rule a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional will expand Social Security benefits to same-sex couples residing in the 13 states and the District of Columbia where same-sex marriage is now legal. Social Security retirement spousal benefits, disability spousal benefits, surviving spouse benefits, lump-sum death benefits, child's benefits and SSI payments will all be affected. Still unclear and yet to be decided is whether the expansion of those benefits will go to same-sex couples who are legally married, but now live in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriages. The Social Security Administration, in consultation with the Justice Department, will now have to implement procedures and otherwise incorporate same-sex couples into the spousal-based system. That process will take several months.


In this time of uncertainty, it's even more important to be represented in your disability claim by a trial attorney experienced in Social Security law. 


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