Will My Granddaughter's Child Be Able To Collect Any Benefits?

May 18 2019 - 5:50pm

My granddaughter is 30 years old and divorced. She now is pregnant expecting in June and the father just committed suicide. They are not married. Will the child be able to collect any benefits. Thanks in advance to your answer

Hi,

Yes, assuming that the child's father worked and paid into Social Security long enough to be insured, his child could then qualify for survivor benefits starting as early as the child's month of birth. And, if your granddaughter was married to and divorced from the deceased father, she may also qualify for surviving divorced mother's benefits once her child is born (https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/handbook/handbook.04/handbook-0416.html).

Your granddaughter will need to contact Social Security after her child is born and apply for survivor benefits.

Best, Jerry