Do I lose my (Illinois) unemployment benefits if I get married? by N. Drewry (Chicago) My future spouse works full time. I just qualified for the Illinois unemployment extension. Do my unemployment benefits get lessened or taken away if I get married? Hi, No, receipt of unemployment benefits are not gauged or household income. Unemployment benefits are partial wage replacement when you have lost a job through no fault of your own per the statutes. This is because unemployment benefits are not an “entitlement” or a charity for financial hardship. Benefits are the result of a legal claim. The only part of a weekly benefit amount that might be affected by a household is if a state also pays dependent allowances. The marriage itself is irrelevant to continuing benefits.