Survivor Benefits

Can My Mother Claim Survivor Benefits On My Father's Record?

Hi Larry,

My mother was born in 1954, she started to claimed the retirement earlier this year 2019, her benefit is about $1,100.00 a month, and she is not working. My father died in November 2018. I'd like to know if she can claim the survivor spousal benefit (my father benefits was about $900.00 while he was alive, he was born 1945).

Thank you in advance for your time.

Hi Kim,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Would My Earnings Prevent Me From Collecting Survivor Benefits?

My wife died and I have one child 10 years old. I understand that the child is entitled to receive 75% benefit of my wife FRA social security due to my wife death until the child turns 18 years old (or 19 if in child in high school). I also understand that I can receive father/mother benefit while I am caring for our child who is under 16 old. I am 45 years old and work and my income is roughly 100k per year. Would receiving this income prevent me from collecting the social security benefit for caring for the child under 16 years old?