A little known provision of the Social Security system allows parents to receive Social Security benefits based on the child’s contribution to Social Security if the child dies. These are called Parent’s Benefits, which can easily be confused with Mother’s and Father’s Benefits (which are paid when one parent dies leaving the other to care for a disabled child).
Social Security Parent’s Benefits are not available every time a child dies. The critical elements are that the parent is at least 62 years old and was dependent on the deceased child. Continue reading Social Security benefits for dependent parents of a disabled or deceased child
I many marriages there was an unspoken agreement, you bring home the money, I’ll take care of the home. Then divorce hits and you are left wondering how you will ever make ends meet in retirement. This wasn’t the deal!
Can a divorced husband or wife collects Social Security survivor’s benefits (widow’s or widow’s benefits) after a divorce? Continue reading Social Security widow’s benefits for divorced spouse
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
A lot of you found this post because your are trying to find out if you will receive your husband’s or wife’s Social Security benefits if he or she dies.
This is especially important if your spouse made more money than you, or if your spouse was the sole earner and you did not work.
Many worry that if they cannot receive Social Security based on their spouse’s earnings, they may not be able to get Social Security on their own.
So, let’s get right to it. Continue reading Can you receive Social Security benefits if your husband or wife dies?
Children can be entitled to receive Social Security child’s benefits if the deceased parent was fully insured by Social Security and if they meet 5 tests: Continue reading Social Security benefits for children if a parent dies
Here’s the general rule: if a parent dies, the surviving spouse may be eligible for benefits if he or she is caring for a the deceased’s child and the child is under 16 years old or disabled. These are called Mother’s and Father’s benefits. See 20 CFR Section 404.339 for more information.
This is a little known subset of Social Security benefits. Mother’s and Father’s benefits are separate from the survivor’s benefits the child may be entitled to due to the death of a parent. However, these benefits end sooner than many people expect. Continue reading Social Security surviving spouse benefits end when child is 16
Survivors’ benefits are a type of Social Security benefits paid to surviving family members when someone dies. This may include benefits paid to the widow(er), parents or children.
In my experience, not a lot of attorneys take survivors’ benefits cases so it is difficult to get your questions answered:
- Am I, or my children, eligible for survivors’ benefits?
- When am I, or my children, eligible for survivors’ benefits?
- Social Security stopped my, or my children’s, survivors’ benefits. Why?
Continue reading Social Security survivors’ benefits for widows, widowers, and children