How much does Social Security pay in Auxiliary benefits

In addition to paying disability benefits for disabled individuals, Social Security also provides benefits for their minor children and also the spouse (if taking care of non-disabled children under 16 year old or a disabled child of any age). Note: these auxiliary benefits are only available if the disabled individual is receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI aka DIB). There are no auxiliary benefits (no benefits for spouses or children) for individuals on Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Ok. How much can a spouse or child get in auxiliary Social Security benefits?

All eligible dependents can receive up to 50% of the wage earner’s (typically the disabled individual’s) benefits. However, the combined total of all benefits (the auxiliary benefits AND the disabled individual’s benefits) cannot be above the family maximum.

So if the disabled individual receives $1,000 per month. Each child may be eligible for $500 per month in auxiliary benefits — so long as the combined total of all auxiliary benefits is under the family maximum.

If the family maximum limit is reached, all auxiliary benefits are equally reduced to bring the total auxiliary benefits within the family maximum limit.

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About Tomasz Stasiuk

Tomasz Stasiuk is a Colorado Springs Social Security disability lawyer and the founding attorney of the Stasiuk Firm - a law firm specializing in Social Security disability cases in Colorado. Follow Tomasz Stasiuk on Google and Twitter

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  • Peggygraham53

    can my ex wife get me for child support if her new husband added my children to his disability

  • http://www.Planet10Tech.com TomaszStasiuk

    I can’t address family law issues.

  • Concerned and Suspicious

    If a child is receiving auxiliary benefits from their non-custodial parent’s Social Security claim, is the child entitled to the benefits or is the custodial parent?

  • Gateslaura

    I was 13 years old when my dad got sick and put in a mental hospital in 1969 or 70, he never got well and was moved around till he ended in a nursing home. my question is this my mother filed for his veteran’s benefits and social security benefits, and they denied her. She field again and my father was excepted by both in the way of lump sums and then he remained on VA benefits. The social security contact my mother, my sister, and myself they asked us to come in the office we did and they said it just this way, sign this wavers or you won’t get the 700.00, this is what was given me. I was cheated out of my fathers Social Security, I tried 2010 to bring those files up again social security said we got rid of your fathers files…Saying all this can you help me. 

  • Gatesaura

    I was 13 years old when my dad got sick and put in a mental hospital in 1969 or 70, he never got well and was moved around till he ended in a nursing home. my question is this, my mother filed for his veteran’s benefits and social security benefits, and they denied her. She filed again and my father was accepted by both in the way of lump sums and then he remained on VA benefits. The social security contact my mother, my sister, and myself they asked us to come in the office we did and they said it just this way, sign this waivers or you won’t get the 700.00, this is what was given me. I was cheated out of my fathers Social Security, I tried 2010 to bring those files up again social security said we got rid of your fathers files…Saying all this can you help me.

  • got2bme

    I am disable and receiving ssd benefits and my child has turned 18 and his benefits have stopped will my benefits increase now that he is no longer receiving benefits?

  • http://www.Planet10Tech.com TomaszStasiuk

    As noted here: http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2011/06/what-happens-to-my-childs-social-security-benefits-if-my-ex-has-another-child/ auxiliary benefits affect each other. That is: adding another auxiliary can reduce other the benefits other auxiliaries receive, and when a child is not longer eligible to receive auxiliary benefits, the other auxiliaries benefits may increase.

    However, auxiliary benefits do not affect the amount of Social Security benefits the disabled individual receives. Neither adding, nor removing, auxiliaries changes the amount of benefits the disabled individual receives in their check/direct deposit. 

    Of course, when the auxiliaries are in the same household as the disabled individual, there may be less money coming in once an auxiliary is not longer eligible, since one less person is getting benefits. 

  • Mncox

    I just found out that my child could get SS benefits because her father is getting disability benefits. He has been getting disability checks got about 4 years. My child is a full time college student , 21 years old. She graduates in Dec 2011 with undergraduate dregrre then goes on to get her Masters and PHD in Physical Therapy. Can she get benefits now? Can we get benefits for all the years we missed because nobody told us she was eligible ?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EBWOVHVHXYHNU5B42GSVUE47EI Ann

    my nephew was placed in my home by social services and i now have custody, my nephews father(my brother) collects disability. can my nephew recieve  auxiliary benefits even though his father has no parental rights and doesnt live with him

  • PhaeKay

    Yes you can receive benefits for him as his Representative Payee. Take the paperwork you have in reference to the placement from social services and any other proof you have that he is with you like school registration records or dr bills with your address, etc to your local Social Security office. You may find that your brother is already receiving benefits for the child and hasn’t forwarded them to you. If that is the case they will stop sending the benefits to your brother and send them to you. Also take a copy of the birth certificate with you.

  • PhaeKay

    Contact you local Social Security office. The father may be receiving the benefits for your child  as a Representative Payee. Take a birth certificate, proof she is in school and any custody papers or proof she was with you during the past 4 years and his Social Security number . If he is receiving the money and doesn’t have the child the will make him pay the money back out of his future benefits and they will give your child what she is rightfully owed.

  • Phaekay

    The child is entitled to the benefits not the custodial parent. The custodial parent can be the child’s Representative Payee until that child reaches 18. (There are some rules for children who reach 18 and are in school), but the money belongs to the child. If the child has any money in the bank when he/she turns 18. by law it must be turned over to the adult child.

  • Lisa Danby

    I just found out that my daughters father has terminal  cancer and has applied for ss benefits child support has stopped. Is my daughter 17 and a full time student will plans to enter collage after graduation. Is she untitled benefits from  ss benefits

  • http://www.Planet10Tech.com TomaszStasiuk

    Perhaps. See http://www.socialsecurityinsider.com/2009/02/my-ex-is-disabled-can-our-kids-get-benefits/

  • Missyg

    I am currently in the process of a divorce (we’ve been separated for 8 years now) and I believe my ex-husband has been receiving disability. We have two children together. How can I find out if he has been receiving the benefit (he won’t tell me)? I no longer have his social security number.

  • http://www.stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    Contact Social Security and explain the situation. They can probably find him in their systems based on name, date of birth and prior addresses. They can use that to determine if he is receiving disability benefits and whether there are any auxiliary benefits available. This would not require them releasing information about him, simply determining if there are any auxiliary benefits available for you and your kids. Good luck! 

  • James D. Fox

    I am 44 years old and just got approved for social security, how much will I receive a month.

  • http://www.stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk

    The amount Social Security pays in disability benefits depends on the type of benefits. SSDI benefits are based on the earnings record of the wage earner. SSI benefits can be up to $698 per month; although they can be reduced based on a variety of factors.

    For specific information about your Social Security benefits, I encourage you to contact Social Security.

  • joe

    i get social security disability my 4 kids also get it is my wife entitled to it also if so does that take from me or the kids total

  • http://www.stasiukfirm.com/ TomaszStasiuk