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Child Benefits

Are My Children Automatically Eligible For Benefits Off My Record If I Start Drawing?

I am 63 with 3 children (under 16) that are in the custody of my ex-spouse. Are my children automatically eligible for benefits off my record if I start collecting? Or do I need to prove a certain level of financial support (or other requirement) since they don't live with me full-time?


Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 10:10

Will My Younger Child's Benefit Rate Increase When My Older Child Stops Getting Benefits?

Hello. Can you please help me with a question about my child's survivor benefits. My 2 youngest kid's father passed away in 2010. Supposedly, we were divorced the morning before his evening death. My kids were 9 and almost 3 then. My son just graduated high school and received his last check in his name. We got a letter saying it would be his last. They both have gotten equal amounts since then. I am wondering if she will get the entire amount now? They were both getting $1376 each.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 08:56

Will My Son's Benefit Increase When His Brother's Benefits Stop?

My son 17, and his brother (not mine) receive survivor benefits from their deceased father. His brother who lives in another state, turned 18 and graduated from HS last month. Will my son's benefit increase? Or are the boys eligible through college until age 22?


Survivor benefits can be paid to eligible children who are a) under age 18, or b) 18 to 19 and attending high school, or c) any age if they became disabled prior to age 22. A child who is age 18 or older and in college wouldn't qualify for survivor benefits unless they're disabled.

Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 10:16

Could My Husband Get Social Security For Our Grandson Who Lives With Us?

If my husband and I have legal and permanent custody of our grandson since 2014 and he's 10 years old, could my husband get social security for our grandson who has been living with us for 8 years? Do we have to adopt him or is having legal and permanent custody is good enough to have for him to receive the social security benefits.


Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 09:23

Can A Person Draw Off Of Their Mother, Father Or Other Relatives?

Can a person draw off of their mother, father or any relatives social security?
I never got back pay and I d applied three times for disability!


A child can potentially qualify for benefits on a parent's record if the parent is either deceased or drawing their own Social Security benefits, and the child unmarried and is either under age 18, 18 to 19 and still in high school, or disabled from an impairment that began prior to age 22.

Best, Jerry

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 11:14
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