Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Complicated litigation for same-sex couples and Social Security Administration recoupments


Chris Johnson reports, in the Washington Blade, some complicated cases where Social Security Administration continued to make payments to legally married persons in same-sex marriages and then tried to recoup the benefits.  These cases appear to involve SSI (Supplemental Security Income), not normal retirement.  I recapped those this morning on my Retirement blog. 
  
In fact, normal retirement, SSI, and SSDI all can present different issues for same-sex couples and these issues do not appear to be legally resolved yet.  One issue concerns “state of celebration” and “state o residence”.  Litigation was filed by Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, and then Justice for Aging. 
     
It’s also important to remember that many (employer-provided) retirement or purchased annuities pay singles higher payments if there are no spousal survival benefits.  

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