You should speak to a Social Security attorney who can help you file your appeal. I have changed the category for your question.
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It sounds as if the SSA claims representative made an initial decision that you and your boyfriend were "holding yourself out" as husband and wife to the community, and therefore could be deemed married for SSI purposes. Below is a link to the SSA POMS rule which allows SSA to consider you as married for SSI purposes even if you have not formally married under state law. Just having your name on the mortgage with your boyfriend would not be enough; SSA is required to look at a number of factors (and documents) to see if you identified yourself as a married couple. You may wish to gather documentation from the following to show you have not held yourselves out as married:
Mortgages, leases, property deeds, bank accounts, insurance policies, passports, tax returns, credit cards;
Information (preferably documents) from other government programs, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps, public housing, etc.;
Magazine or newspaper subscription labels, personal mail;
Statements from relatives, close friends, or neighbors.
Here's the Link. Good luck.
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Many states no longer recognize CL marriage. So, if their decision is costing you benefits, you need to appeal or get a written letter verifying what is going on. What SSA tells you does not matter - all that counts is what is in writing.
Then, talk to a Social Security lawyer in your area if you have any more questions.
Best of luck to you.
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