Be alert to events that may affect deeming of income and/or resources. Consider potential
entitlement or changes in current entitlement to other benefits that may be affected
by a marriage, separation, divorce, or death.
EXAMPLE: A SSI child recipient's parent marries. The recipient may be eligible for Title II
benefits under the new parent's record. This change will also require T30/T33 Start
Date procedures to add the step-parent to the record.
EXAMPLE: A SSI recipient's spouse dies. The recipient may be eligible for Title II survivor's
benefits on their deceased spouse's record.
Develop allegations of marital status as follows:
1. If the recipient alleges no change in marital status
If the recipient alleges no change in marital status and the information in SSA records
agree, do not develop marital status further.
EXCEPTION: Recipient has an ineligible spouse who became 65, blind, or disabled during the period
of review. If so, see GN 00204.010B., GN 00204.012 and GN 00204.014.
2. If the recipient alleges a change in marital status
If the recipient alleges a change in marital status or no change but the response
conflicts with information in SSA records:
Document the following information on a SSA-8010-BK, the REMARKS section of a SSA-8203-BK,
or a signed statement or the appropriate MSSICS screen(s):
The type of event (marriage, divorce, separation, death) and the date it occurred,
Changes in countable income and resources, including the amount deemed to the recipient.
NOTE: See SI 02305.087 on developing type of residence.