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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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Social Security benefits for dependent parents of a disabled or deceased child

A little known provision of the Social Security system allows parents to receive Social Security benefits based on the child’s contribution to Social Security if the child dies. These are called Parent’s Benefits, which can easily be confused with Mother’s and Father’s … Continue reading

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Social Security widow’s benefits for divorced spouse

  Can a divorced husband or wife collects Social Security survivor’s benefits (widow’s or widow’s benefits) after a divorce? Yes, in some circumstances, they can. Here is a summary of the requirements: You had to be married for at least … 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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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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Can you receive Social Security benefits if your husband or wife dies?

A lot of you found this post because your are trying to find out if you will receive your husband’s or wife’s Social Security benefits if he or she dies. This is especially important if your spouse made more money than … Continue reading

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Social Security Disability vs SSI Supplemental Security Income

Social Security has two different benefit programs for individuals who are disabled. Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB, also known as SSDI, or Title 2 benefits); and Supplemental Security Income (SSI or Title 16 benefits). Because of its name, it is a common … Continue reading

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When do Social Security children’s benefits stop?

A child may be entitled to receive Social Security child’s benefits if a parent dies. These are called survivor’s benefits. However, under Social Security Regulations (20 CFR 404.352), the entitlement to child’s benefits may end for any of the following … Continue reading

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Can a child get Social Security benefits if a parent dies?

Children can be entitled to receive Social Security child’s benefits if the deceased parent was fully insured by Social Security and if they meet 5 tests: The child is the insured person’s child. See §§404.355 through 404.359; The child is … Continue reading

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My child turned 16, and my Social Security benefits were stopped

If a parent dies, the surviving spouse may be eligible for benefits if he or she is caring for a the deceased’s child and the child is under 16 years old or disabled. These are called Mother’s and Father’s benefits. … Continue reading

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Social Security survivors’ benefits for widow/ers and children

Survivors’ benefits are a type of Social Security benefits paid to surviving family members when someone dies.  This may include benefits paid to the widow(er), parents or children. In my experience, not a lot of attorneys take survivors’ benefits cases … Continue reading

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