Does your minor child need to be listed as a dependent on your tax return for you to collect child benefits?
Full question: If you file and start collecting Social Security, and you have a minor child, must they be listed as a deduction on your tax return for you to collect child benefit as well? I ask because I have joint custody of our 11-year-old son, but my ex-wife lists him as a dependent on…Read More
Do the young spouse (under age 62) child-in-care benefits apply to ex-spouses just as they do for spouses?
Full question: The spousal benefits to collect for child-in-care benefits applies only to the spouse or the ex-spouse as well? I had a situation where my ex-husband retired and my children got Dependent benefits until they finished high school around 18/19 years old. I never got any benefit. My ex was collecting my children benefits…Read More
Am I entitled to a benefit based on my ex-spouse’s record if I care for a disabled adult child?
Full question: I am age 60, disabled, retired and receive disability from SSA. My ex-spouse over 20 years is disabled and receives disability from SSA. I have been caring for our disabled son since age 16 and he is now 29 receiving benefits from his dad’s record as a disabled adult. Can I receive benefits…Read More
Are children eligible to receive benefits from their parents?
Hi, Yes, children may be eligible for benefits when a parent receives Social Security retirement or disability benefits. Children may also be eligible for benefits when a parent dies. In order to be eligible for benefits, a child must be unmarried and younger than age 18. Children, 18 to 19 years old, may be eligible…Read More