I worked out a separation agreement with my spouse of 30 years. I didn't notice that it said that we are both entitled only to our own SSI. Can a separation agreement do this, or is SSI spousal benefits not something you can sign away? Married for 32 years.
Typically, an agreement made in the Superior Court can't trump your rights under the Federal SSI program. If you are eligible to receive benefits under his Social Security it will not effect his award. If you haven't already, you should change this provision because it really is not enforceable in Superior Court anyhow.
"I didn't notice" is very different than "not the one I signed." It sounds like you signed it without reading it and you let your spouse trick you into not having your own lawyer. How close am I?
I gather you made the mistake of both representing yourself and not reading what you signed, two unfixable errors. Nonetheless, an agreement can't change your eligibility under Social Security law, so I suspect you're misreading something, and may want to show the papers to a lawyer.
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