What is the name of your state? Louisiana, Arkansas
My question concerns disability laws in the state of Arkansas and marriage.
My wife and I were married after she applied for disability and before she was approved for SSI benefits.
Since she has started receiving SSI and Medicaid we have not been able to continue living together due to the fear of her losing her SSI check and Medicaid. She is on pain medicine, anti-depressants, and nerve medicine for fibromyalgia and depression.
We were told that due to my receiving retirement benefits from the Air Force, that I made too much unearned income and we could not live together. I told the person at the Social Security office that I only received half of my retirement which is $630.00 due to a divorce settlement. My wife receives about $600.00 in SSI.
My wife lived in a house that was owned by her mother. When I met my wife, she was living with her mother and her two minor children. Her mother subsequently moved out and my wife and I and her two children lived in the house. After my wife started receiving SSI and Medicaid, I moved into an apartment so that my wife would not lose her disabiltiy benefits.
My wife has since moved out of her mother's house and rented a government subsidized apartment for disabled and handicapped persons. I don't believe anyone can live with the people that live in these type apartments. I visited my wife for Thanksgiving and was only allowed to stay 14 days due to the lease agreement.
I was wondering if you could tell me if there is anyway that my wife and I can continue to be married while she is receiving SSI and Medicaid. Also I would like to know if there is anyway that I can live with her in her apartment as her husband legally.