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What Should I Expect When I Report The Adoption Of Our Granddaughter To Social Security?

My husband (age 68 )and I (age 67) have just adopted our two year old granddaughter. His social security-formerly disability is more than double mine. When I report this to social security, what should I expect, or what should I tell them that I want?

Hi Diane,

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 10:33

Can A Child's Social Security Benefits Be Revoked Due To A Parent Being Non-Compliant With School Requirements?

Can a child's social security benefits be revoked due to a parent being noncompliant with school requirements, such as: not attending meetings, failure to give child prescribed medication, or truancy?


No. However, for a child's benefits to continue when they turn age 18, the child must either be disabled or attending secondary school (e.g. high school) on a full-time basis.

Best, Jerry

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 16:22

What Is The Best Strategy With Regard To My Grand-Nephew?

I'm getting ready to apply for my Social Security benefits at 62. I am the legal guardian of my grand-nephew (my sister's grandchild). We both live with my mother, who currently can claim both of us as a dependents (I'm one of the long-tern underemployed). My ward's parents are still alive -- one is in prison & one is receiving SS disability income for mental illness/drug use. Should I apply to get benefits for my ward (if he's entitled from his Mom's disability) as a representative or would it be best for me to formally adopt my grand-nephew?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 09:10

What Happens To The Money That My Daughter Is Receiving When She's No Longer Eligible?

My daughter is turning 18 in February and will lose her ss benefit. What happens to that money? Can it go to another child even if that child is already drawing a check?


That money simply remains in the Social Security trust fund if it can't be redistributed to another beneficiary on the record.

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 08:38

Could My Son Receive Benefits From Both Parent's Records?

Hi Larry my son who is 13 yrs old is receiving ss from his mother who has passed , my question is I'm now 62 and wonder if he could receive ss from both of us or do they take only the higher earner?


Your son could only receive child benefits on one record at a time, whichever is higher. And, you would have to be drawing your benefits in order for your son to potentially qualify for benefits on your record. You may want to consider using our maximization software in order to determine the best filing strategy for you and your son.

Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 06:53

Who Could Claim My Daughter As A Dependent For Tax Purposes?

My parents would like to adopt my daughter so that she may be eligible for their SS however my dad is currently receiving the ss with disability. I would like to know if once they adopt her and she is under my fathers benefit would that mean only my parents would have to claim her as a dependent when filing their taxes. Would like more info on filing tax.


I'm sorry, but my expertise is limited to Social Security, and not tax laws.

Best, Jerry

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 06:54

Can My Wife Come After Me For Child Support?

I'm going through a divorce now in new york,, we have been married for 10 years and have 2 young kids. I went on disability 5 years into marriage and my wife is a school teacher..... court has been a nightmare , my wife's has a paid lawyer and mine is court appointed, and refuses to answer any questions I have.. I will try and ask this as least complicated as possible, I make $15,000 a year , my soon to be ex makes $70,000.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 11:17
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