The responsibilities of a Social Security payee have come up a lot in the comments recently:
I don’t live with my parents for 3 years but they get my disability check. They don’t give me any or pay any to the place I live.
What if parent is receiving benefits for a child not living with her and keeping the money for herself.
Social Security has good information about payee responsibilities, written in nice clear language. Concerning how a parent can use a child’s Social Security (survivor’s or disability) benefits: Continue reading Parent misusing child’s Social Security benefits?
I previously wrote about when a child qualifies for survivor’s benefits. I was recently asked if adoption stops Social Security survivor’s benefits for a child.
If a child receives benefits from a deceased parent and is adopted by a step parent, can he still receive benefits from the deceased parent?
Continue reading Does adoption cut off survivor’s benefits for children?
We’ve previously talked about the Social Security Family Maximum, which limits the total amount of auxiliary benefits paid out on a disability case.
We have also discussed how a new child can reduce the auxiliary benefits for other children.
I was recently asked by a divorced dad if the auxiliary benefits paid out to others based on his disability reduce his benefits?
So, do they? Continue reading Does Social Security family maximum reduce disability benefits?
When a parent receives Social Security disability benefits, specifically SSDI (not SSI), his or her minor children are often eligible for Social Security auxiliary benefits. The minor children are still potentially eligible for these benefits even if the parents are divorced, and even if the children live with the non-disabled parent.
So, how does adding another child will affect the amounts paid to the disabled parent’s children living in a separate household. Continue reading Effect of another child on Social Security auxiliary benefits
In addition to paying disability benefits for disabled individuals, Social Security also provides benefits for their minor children and also the spouse (if taking care of non-disabled children under 16 year old or a disabled child of any age).
Ok. How much can a spouse or child get in auxiliary Social Security benefits?
Continue reading How much does Social Security pay in Auxiliary benefits
This question comes up in the comments from time to time.
My children receive Social Security auxiliary benefits because my spouse is disabled. My oldest is graduating high school next month. Social Security has told me that my oldest’s benefits will be stopped.
Will my other children’s benefits go up?
Continue reading My child is graduating high school, will my other children’s Social Security benefits change?
Social Security pays benefits to spouses and children of disabled parents. The requirements for spouses and children are discussed the linked article.
However, as many parents discover, there is a cap on auxiliary benefits. Continue reading Social Security Family Maximum for disability benefits
Several people have asked if the auxiliary Social Security benefits (benefits paid the the spouse and children) of a disabled person receiving Social Security Disability Insurance reduce child support or spousal maintenance payments.
Colorado Springs family law lawyer Yolanda Fennick tackles this topic in today’s guest article: Continue reading Do Social Security auxiliary benefits reduce child support?
A reader asked if a child can still receive Social Security auxiliary benefits if she is living apart from the disabled parent:
If I have legal guardianship of my nephew and my sister is receiving SSDI. Can I apply to receive the benefits for his caretaking? My sister has been told that she could receive benefits for him, but unless she gets to keep it, she won’t apply for it, saying that the SS office told her it was only if he lived with her. Is that true or could I apply for him?
This is similar to a situation I wrote about concerning divorced parents. Children with disabled parents are still eligible for Social Security auxiliary benefits even if they are living apart from the disabled parent. Continue reading Social Security benefits for kids of a disabled parent
Children can often receive Social Security benefits if a parent is disabled or deceased. I have previously written about these kind of Social Security auxiliary and survivors benefits.
However, there are times when proving paternity becomes an issue.
Here are a couple of situations where this comes up: Continue reading Proving paternity for children’s Social Security benefits