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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SSI Changes For Disabled Child At Age 18

Q: My son will be 18 in a few months. He is disabled since birth, lives in a group home, and currently receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  I am the Representative Payee for his SSI benefits. Very recently, my wife and I were granted guardianship over him. For SSI, is there anything that I need to do…
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Will Adoption End Benefits To A Child?

Q: My young children receive Social Security survivors benefits because their father died several years ago. I am planning to remarry in a few months. Will the children lose their survivors benefits if my new husband adopts them? A: Adoption of a child already entitled to Social Security survivors benefits does not end his or…
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Representative Payee – Use Of Social Security Funds

Representative payees are routinely appointed for children. With rare exception, a child under age 18 will have a representative payee appointed to handle his or her Social Security benefits. If the child remains eligible past age 18 and assuming no capability issue exists, benefits are sent to him or her directly, without a representative payee. Social…
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