My question involves marriage law for the State of: Missouri and Michigan. She is on SSDI and used to work with the police department. I am on SSDI and used to work in the Tool and Die industry. I have an income of about $1050 a month, and her about $800 a month. I already have an $560 month Spend down for each month I encounter medical bills, and receive Medicaid and Medicare. She has a spend down, and receives medicaid and Medicare as well. We both receive food stamps. No live in children involved though she has children living with their father. We have regular doctors appointments and monitoring for our health issues.
Will our incomes be reduced because we are now a couple, where our Disability checks were based on PAST EARNINGS?
Will our Spend Downs increase because of combined incomes?
Will our Food Stamp Benefits be reduced if we are in the same household?
How would our Medicaid and Medicare benefits be affected? Costs?
I (the man) live in Michigan, but would be relocating to Missouri to be with her (the woman). The fact we are both in different states may complicate things, but we are both struggling on our own, so any loss in benefits will hinder the already existing problems we are facing. How do we approach this situation? I have not gotten to the point of being ready to propose, but I do believe that one day in the near future, I will be certain of the desire. My whole mind set could hinge on the costs, and benefits of our ability to get married. Thank you.
I am doing some research on this, and hopefully this site will help.