Spousal Child-in-care Benefits

Q: I recently reached age 62 and start early Social Security in January. I will also receive dependent benefits for our 17-year-old son who is in high school and lives at home. Can my wife receive Social Security on my record now because our son will? She is in her 50’s and working. A: Based…
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Changing A Child’s Representative Payee

Q: My ex-wife receives Social Security disability benefits for herself plus benefits for our daughter, for whom she has custody. Within the next few months, I will have custody and our daughter will live with me full-time. Will Social Security start sending benefits for her to me or will they continue going to my ex-wife?…
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Should Mom Give Me The Money?

Q: I am 15 and receive Social Security, which goes to my Mom. Should she should give me the money?  A: When a person younger than age 18 receives Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the payment is almost always sent to an adult on their behalf rather than directly to the child. This…
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Family Benefits And SSA Disability

Q: If a mother is receiving Social Security disability benefits, should her twelve year old son receive benefits too? A: If a parent with eligible family members, including children, receives Social Security disability, then family benefits are usually payable but this is not always the case. The total dollar amount payable to family members is based…
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Who Receives Benefits For A Child? The Representative Payee.

Q: To receive benefits, must children be living in the same household when a parent receives Social Security disability? A: No. For Social Security retirement, disability and survivors benefits, the parent-to-child relationship is important in determining if a child is eligible for payment. This means that otherwise eligible children born in an existing marriage, without…
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