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I am a single mother of 2 kids living in RI. One has Crohns

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I am a single mother of 2 kids living in RI. One has Crohns Disease. I have a Man in my life and we want to get married . BUT the kids and I are on Medicaid (RiteCare) and get food stamps. If I get married we will lose benefits as my fiancee's income will be too much for eligibility. So we want to just have a committment ceremony and not have a legal wedding. I was thinking of legally changing my last name to his. Just going through the court for a name change. If I do change my name but we are NOT legally married will that name change effect benefits?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Legalease replied 1 year ago.

Hello there -


If you intend to live with your fiance after the commitment ceremony, then the change in living arrangements will affect your total household income and you will experience cuts in the amount of financial assistance that you receive from the state of RI == it is not the fact of whether you are married or not that matters here, It is the fact that you are experiencing an increase in your overall Total income being received by ALL members of the household. The only way around this is if your new husband experiences a sudden drop in his overall income and you report that drop to the State of RI.


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