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Child Benefits

Will My Youngest Children Split The Oldest Child's Benefit When He Turns 18?

My sons father passed away in 2015. He left behind 3 children. They all receive survivors benefits or 1200*3. The oldest child is about to be 18. What happens then? Do the younger 2 then split his share?


Not necessarily. First of all, if the 18 year old is still in high school, he could continue to receive benefits until he's 19. Or, if he's disabled, he could continue receiving benefits indefinitely.

Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 08:45

Will The Child We Adopt In The Philippines Receive Benefits From His Father's Social Security?

Good day sir, I am a filipino citizen and my husband is receiving SSDI. We are planning to move back home to the Philippines to live there for good after i get my citizenship. We are also planning to adopt a child when we go home. My question is:
1) will the child receive dependents benefit even if she lives in the Philippines , never came to the USA and doesn’t have social security number.
2) will i receive any spousal benefit after my husband dies?? I am 42 yrs old now and have only worked for 2 yrs in the USA and we plan to go home next year

Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 10:15

Will The Total Benefit Amount Payable To My Children Stay The Same When The Oldest Two Are No Longer Eligible?

Currently collect $528 per child, 4 children, for a monthly child benefit of $2112. When the 2 oldest, twins, age out and graduate high school, will the two youngest benefits change to $1056 each, so that the monthly benefit remains the same? Or will the total monthly benefit drop down to $1056, the $528 per child for the remaining 2 children. And if the two remaining children now get $1056 each, do I have to inform S.S. Or will they figure it out when the two oldest are dropped. I get conflicting responses from S.S. i don't understand why.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 08:33

Can I Retire Early And Claim Benefits For My Minor Child?

I am a 65 year old non-custodial divorced parent, with a 15 year old minor child.
Can I retire early and claim benefits for my minor child, even if his Mother is claiming him
as a dependent on her tax returns? Or the term "dependent" not he same in the two cases?
This affects taxes, the Healthcare exchange, future scholarship applications and many other issues.
I am hoping I can find good employment and then suspend benefits. Thanks so much.


Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 09:52

Is It True That My Son's Benefit Can't Be Directly Deposited To A Joint Account?

I'm 65 years old, retired last summer and started collecting social security. I have a 17-year-old son who also started collecting a social security check as a dependent minor. Our checks went to the family checking account. I then had an automatic withdrawal and deposit to a 529 plan in his name that was managed by his mother. He turned 18 this summer and will be a senior in high school. I received a letter from social security stating that since he was turning 18, his check would be mailed directly to him.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 11:41

Can My Son Get Any Help With College Tuition?

My son wants to go to college and his dad was killed in accident and he receives death benefit . is there any help for him in college tuition?


Not from Social Security. Social Security child benefits end at age 18 unless the child is disabled or still in high school.
If a child is still in high school when they reach age 18, their benefits can continue until the earlier of a) when they graduate from high school or b) reach age 19.

Monday, August 17, 2020 - 10:18

What Happens When My Son's Benefits End?

My last son is turning 18 in October and benefits for social security end in October...what happens to the money and does it come back to me or does it just end.....thank you


Your son's benefits will simply stop being paid when he's no longer eligible. Child benefits paid from the record of a living parent are auxiliary benefits. In other words, they are an extra benefit paid in addition to the parent's own benefit rate. Auxiliary benefits are only paid if an eligible family member qualifies for such benefits.

Monday, August 17, 2020 - 10:08

Is It True That My Son Will Continue To Receive Benefits When He Attends College?

Hi. I was told by a friend that since I am receiving social security benefits that my son who is currently a senior in high school will be able to continue to receive some financial benefits through social security when he attends college - is this true? Can you tell me how to apply for those benefits while he attends college? Could not find that info on soc sec site. Please help!! Thank you!!!


Monday, August 3, 2020 - 11:12
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