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Child Benefits

How Far Back Can My Son Be Paid Benefits From His Father's Account?

Hi, my son was eligible for auxiliary benefits (his whole life) from his father. His father and I are not on speaking terms, and I could not provide the information to get an appointment to get it set up. I finally got the information 6 years later, and have an appointment next month. I am being told by ssa that benefits would be retroactive for 12 months, whereas, others are telling me that it would be retroactive to when his father became disabled. I just want to know what to expect, and what information is correct.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 12:39

Since My Son Didn't Turn Age 18 Until August 24th, Will He Receive His Last Survivor Check In September?

My son turned 18 August 24, which means he was 17 almost the whole month so would he recieve his last survivors check in September?

Hi. No. Unless your son is still in high school or he's disabled, his child benefits will terminate effective with the month he reaches age 18. In other words, the last payment to which he'd then be entitled is the one for July that is paid in August (https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/handbook/handbook.04/handbook-0414.html).

Best, Jerry

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Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 12:13

Will My Child's Benefit Go Up When Her Sister Turns 18?

My boyfriend had two children 1 is 16 now ( not mine ) the other is mine she’s 5 . I’m wondering if my child’s benefits will go up when her sister turns 18

Hi. The answer to your question depends on whether or not your boyfriend is living or deceased. If he's living, then your child's benefit rate will likely go up when her sister is no longer eligible for benefits, but not if he is deceased.

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Sunday, August 28, 2022 - 18:53

When My Oldest Son Stops Getting Child Benefits What Will Happen To His Portion Of The Benefits?

Both my children receive social security benefits from my retirement. They are the only 2 sons that to receive his benefits . My question is This… When one of my sons turns 18 what will happen to his portion of the benefits? Will the funds be redistributed to my son?

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 11:41

Are My Children Potentially Eligible For Survivor Benefits?

Hi, Larry.

I have 2 minor children both a US citizen. They father passed away January 2022, a veteran. I would like to know if they can potentially be eligible for survivors benefits? We are living here in the Philippines right now. Their deceased father has a wife and four minor children in the US. They are already receiving survivors benefits in the US so is the wife. But what about my children? If they are eligible, would it affect the family in the US the amount they are receiving? And even if we are here in the Philippines, can they still be qualify? Thank you

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Sunday, July 31, 2022 - 15:50

What Can Be Done To Reclaim The Lost Money That Was Due To Us?

My SSDI payment was split for me and my two children. Due to my illness, my children were living with their father. My children never received their payments and it was never returned to my allotment what can. E done to reclaim this lost money that was due to us based on my earnings? Now I am forced to live on $300 less per month because it was split but never paid to my children.

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Friday, May 20, 2022 - 20:33
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