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How Can I Make Sure That My Ex Is Not Trying To Mess With The Government?

Hello, how can I make sure my ex is not trying to mess with the government claiming my 3 children and myself with the attempts to get disability so he doesn't have to work? We haven't lived there for years and he asked me to make believe that I was still living there in which of course I said most definitely NOT


Monday, November 6, 2017 - 13:04

What Can I Do To Entitle My Child To Benefits On My Record?

I have SSI and I have 4 children and one on the way.....The other children except the oldest who is 21 now gets money every moth from my SSI. Now my fourth son who is a 1 and half they have repeadly denied him these benifits due to the fact theat the mother and I are not married, but i have a legal affidavit I signed form the hospital stating and agreeing I am the biological father. Whenn you sign this affidavitt you are responsible for Medical, child support and etc...But they keep telling my gf and I that we have to get a dna test.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 23:35

Will My Grandson Receive Back Pay?

I have custody of my Grandson his Dad passed in 2014. He was receiving his Dads Ss. March of 2017 A judge sent him to a boys academy for a 6 month training program where he also attends school. He’s coming home in a month. Will he receive back pay His checks stopped in March


That depends in part on his age. Social Security child's benefits can be paid until a child turns age 18. To be eligible after that, the child must be disabled or in full time attendance at a secondary school.

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 06:17

Is There Any Way To Appeal This?

My ex-husband recently passed. He was collecting SSD. I applied for survivor benefits for my minor son. While at the local social security office the person helping me advised that my ex did not notify social security that he had minor children back when he applied for SSD, no the children are not entitled to back benefits. Is there any way to appeal this? He had 3 minor child when he initially applied for SSD approximately 4 years ago. Also, child support was being taken from his SSD benefit so how could they not have known? Thanks in advance.


Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 12:35

Can My Great Granddaughter Qualify For Survivor Benefits On My Daughter's Record?

I have sole legal and primary physical custody of my great granddaughter. My daughter, child's grandmother died on 9/2/17. Child's mother is receiving social security for disability. mother nor father support child. Can gr granddaughter receive benefits under my daughter's social security record


I'm sorry for your loss.

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 07:48

How Much Can My Adopted Grandchildren Receive?

About to adopt grandchildren, ages 12 and 8. I plan on filing for SS next August at 66. Benefits $2,688 per month. Wife plans to file at 70 in three years and get $3,027 per month. Question: I am told grandkids get $1,008 per month (175% of my number) when I file next August. Is that right? When one turns 18, does the other get $2,016 per month?
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Monday, September 11, 2017 - 13:26

Would My Adopted Grandchild Still Be Eligible On My Record If I No Longer Have Physical Custody?

I am 66 yrs. old and have adopted my grandson. If I no longer have physical custody, he may move back with his mom, will he then no longer be eligible to draw social security from me?


As your adopted child, your grandchild would not need to be living with you in order to potentially qualify for child's benefits on your record.

Best, Jerry

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 07:11

Is It True That My Son Can Collect Social Security If His Father Is 62?

My son's father is 62 years old and my son is 7 years old. I was told that once his father turns 62 years old that my son would be able to collect social security. Is that true?


Not necessarily. Your son's father must be receiving his benefits in order for your son to be eligible to draw benefits on his record (

Best, Jerry

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 06:54
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