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Family Benefit Maximum

Will Social Security Combine My Wife's And My Family Maximum Benefit Amounts?

I am a subscriber to your software, and I am trying to understand how the combined family maximum impacts the results. My PIA is $3011, and my wife's is $1097. We have two adult disabled sons (disabled at birth). My wife (age 66) started to collect her retirement benefit when she turned 66. I am planning to begin my retirement benefit at age 70. As I understand it, when I begin the benefit, my wife and two disabled sons will be each be eligible for 50% of my PIA.

Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 14:54

What Are Your Thoughts On Our Case?

In February 2016 , at age 66, I (Michael, husband) filed and suspended. At that time, my disabled daughter, Beth, had been receiving SSI benefits, and also was receiving a separate SSDI benefit, believed to be based on her record, in the amount of $ 419/month. Based on my filing and suspending, Beth was granted a benefit based on my record to replace her SSI benefit; she continued to receive the SSDI based on her record. At that time, I would have been entitled to $2500/month, and the total of Beth’s two benefits approximated that.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 11:56

Does The Combined Family Maximum End When There's No Longer A Simultaneously Entitled Child?

I get SSDI and I have three children who get benefits off of my record. My oldest is simultaneous entitled under myself and my ex husband. I have the higher earning record so she is paid off of mine. However it gave us the combined family max and each child was awarded a higher equal benefit. My oldest just turned 18 and her benefit has stopped. I was told her benefit would be rolled out to the younger two children. However this month it was not and they actually took money away from each of the younger two kids.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 08:11

Can You Explain The Parisi Case And It's Effect?

Can you explain the Parisi Case and its effect? Our daughter is dually entitled to her own SSDI and CBD on my husband's record. SSA is using this case as justification for determining her total benefit to be less than 50% of her dad's PIA---I also collect parent in care benefits, which is 50% of his PIA. However, my benefit at 50% and her CBD benefit are well below our calculated family maximum. We have been unable to get an answer except "Parisi Case"


Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 08:15

Is What I Was Told Accurate?

I have legal custody of my twin granddaughters, age 10. They have been with me for eight years. I'm 73 and retired and drawing SS of ~$2,600/mo. My wife is also retired and receives 1/2 of my SS. I expect to be awarded adoption in Colorado sometime late this month or early next. SS told me that I can get 75% of my SS. That would work out to around an additional $2,000/mo. Is this accurate?
Thanks, NS

Hi NS,

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 08:27

Will The Family Maximum Still Be Split Evenly If The Survivors Live In Different Households?

My son will be receiving survivor benefits on his father's record because he is under the age of 18 (but over 16). My son's step-mother and step-sister will also be receiving survivor benefits on his father's same record but in a different household. Will the Family Maximum be divided among all 3 dependents, or will my son have his own Family Maximum because he is living under a different household?


Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 14:42

Will Social Security Give My Son Disabled Child's Benefits From My Record?

Hi Larry, if I may, I have a few questions.

I am married with a disabled child who was disabled before age 22. I will be electing to take early retirement this April (Birth Month) at 62. My PIA is $1,149. My reduced benefit would be $828./monthly. Auxiliary Benefits for other family members are $862./monthly, with a Family Member Benefit (FMB) of $1,724./monthly. My wife will be 60 in February and will continue to work.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 16:00
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