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Child Benefits

Can My Son Collect Social Security From My Record?

My son Padraig is 3 1/2 years old, an American citizen & he has a social security card. I am 63 , collect a city of Boston disability teachers pension but have money in social security from before I was a teacher. Around where I live many older guys collect social security hecks for their babies but I wonder does my situation, as a retired teacher, preclude this?
Thank you

Hi Joe,

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 08:58

Will My Husband's Receipt Of Benefits On His Record Affect My Son's Survivor Benefits?

My 15 year old son receives a survivors check from his father. My husband was just approved for SSSI, will this effect my sons check, because he is a dependent on my husbands check.


No, but if your son qualifies as a stepchild or adopted child on your husband's record, he could receive whichever benefit is higher.

Best, Jerry

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 11:06

Will My Son's Benefits Continue When I Start Drawing My Benefits?

At full retirement age (66) I filed and suspended my benefits. I have a son school age and he received dependent benefits. I am now turning 70 in July and will receive my full benefits. My son is 18 but has one more year of high school. SS states he will continue with benefits until completion of high school June 2018. Two questions: Will my son continue to receive benefits although I will receive my benefits when I turn 70 in July? Question number two. Will I be eligible for the 6 month retroactive payment? SS office I visited said yes.


Monday, June 26, 2017 - 07:57

Can I Draw Benefits For My Stepchild?

hi i will start receiving benefits in aug 2017. i have been married for 1 year in oct 2017.. i have one stepchild she is 9 can i draw benefits ..


If you're asking whether or not your stepchild will be eligible to receive benefits on your record, the answer is maybe. Stepchildren must meet a dependency requirement in order to qualify for benefits on their stepparent's record. The basic requirement is that the stepchild must have been receiving at least 50% of their support from their stepparent over a 12-month period in order to qualify.

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 11:10

Can I Apply For And Suspend My Benefits In Order To Permit My Daughter To Receive Benefits?

Hello Larry, Thank you in advance for your advise. I just turned 62 and heard of SS payments for my 14 year old daughter. I do not plan to retire until I am 68 years old. Can I apply for my SS benefits and then suspend them to allow my daughter to qualify for benefits? Does this reduce my monthly benefit when I retire at age 68. Are there any additional concerns I should consider? Thank you , Guy

Hi Guy,

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 06:40

Would Could My Granddaughter Receive If I Adopt Her?

I am 70 started drawing disability around 60 and do not work my wife of 31 years is 54 and still works little over $100,000 a year I get $1,962 in social security we want to adopt our 4 year old granddaughter please tell me best way for her to draw social security and what should she be able to draw Thank you so much for any assistance


Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 07:47

Was The Answer I Got From Social Security Correct?

My wife, who is younger than 62, gets child benefits for her daughter, my step-daughter (age 14). I am older than 62, of course. We are getting separated. Social Security said, in response to my phone inquiry, that so long as I am continuing to support my step-daughter the benefits can continue, even though we are separated. The first question is: was the answer I got from Social Security correct? The second question is: what does "continue to support" mean in this circumstance.

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 08:03
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