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Parent misusing child’s Social Security benefits?

The responsibilities of a Social Security payee have come up a lot in the comments recently: I don’t live with my parents for 3 years but they get my disability check. They don’t give me any or pay any to the … Continue reading

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Does adoption cut off survivor’s benefits for children?

I previously wrote about when a child qualifies for survivor’s benefits. I was recently asked if adoption stops Social Security survivor’s benefits for a child. If a child receives benefits from a deceased parent and is adopted by a step parent, can … Continue reading

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Does Social Security family maximum reduce disability benefits?

  We’ve previously talked about the Social Security Family Maximum, which limits the total amount of auxiliary benefits paid out on a disability case. We have also discussed how a new child can reduce the auxiliary benefits for other children. … Continue reading

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Effect of another child on Social Security auxiliary benefits

When a parent receives Social Security disability benefits, specifically SSDI (not SSI), his or her minor children are often eligible for Social Security auxiliary benefits. The minor children are still potentially eligible for these benefits even if the parents are divorced, and … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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My child is graduating high school, will my other children’s Social Security benefits change?

This question comes up in the comments from time to time. My children receive Social Security auxiliary benefits because my spouse is disabled. My oldest is graduating high school next month. Social Security has told me that my oldest’s benefits … Continue reading

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Social Security Family Maximum for disability benefits

Social Security pays benefits to spouses and children of disabled parents. The requirements for spouses and children are discussed the linked article. However, as many parents discover, there is a cap on auxiliary benefits. Taken directly from Social Security: Benefits … Continue reading

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Do Social Security auxiliary benefits reduce child support?

Several people have asked if the auxiliary Social Security benefits (benefits paid the the spouse and children) of a disabled person receiving Social Security Disability Insurance reduce child support or spousal maintenance payments. Colorado Springs family law lawyer Yolanda Fennick … Continue reading

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Social Security Auxiliary benefits for children in a separate household

A reader asked if a child can still receive Social Security auxiliary benefits if she is living apart from the disabled parent: If I have legal guardianship of my nephew and my sister is receiving SSDI. Can I apply to … Continue reading

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Paternity and children’s Social Security benefits

Children can often receive Social Security benefits if a parent is disabled or deceased. I have previously written about these kind of Social Security auxiliary and survivors benefits. However, there are times when proving paternity becomes an issue. Here are a … Continue reading

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What are Social Security auxiliary benefits

When a disabled individual receives Social Security disability insurance benefits (also known as DIB, SSDI or Title 2 benefits), their spouse and/or minor children may also be eligible to receive Social Security benefits. These benefits paid to the spouse or … Continue reading

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Social Security mother’s and father’s benefits

If your spouse dies or becomes disabled, and you are taking care of children under the age of 16, you may be entitled to Mother’s and Father’s benefits (commonly called parent’s benefits) under Social Security. These are separate from the … Continue reading

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Social Security benefits for spouse and child during incarceration

If your husband or wife is disabled and getting Social Security disability benefits, you may also be getting auxiliary benefits (click the link for more information about who qualifies). I previously coved how Social Security benefits stop if a disabled person … Continue reading

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Social Security disability benefits on ex-husband’s record

Did you know that you can get Social Security disability benefits based on your spouse’s earnings, even if you are divorced? It’s true! (more…)

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Social Security benefits for children of disabled ex-husband or ex-wife

I was recently asked this question: My Ex is getting Social Security disability benefits.  I have custody of our kids.  Can my kids get any benefits because of my ex’s disability? Perhaps, but you have to meet several requirements: The … Continue reading

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