Can my minor daughter and my wife collect Social Security based on my record? If so, how?
Full question: Hi Martha, I am 62 years old and recently applied for retirement. My daughter is 9 y.o. and my wife is 47 y.o. I understand that both can collect social security benefits. Question is, do they need to apply separately? Can you please advise how to proceed? Thanks. Hi there, Thank you for…Read More
I am caring for a disabled child. Am I eligible for ex-spousal benefits if my ex has not collected yet?
Full question: Can you draw disability Social Security off of ex husband that isn’t drawing yet and you are taking care of his disabled child? Hello, Thank you for the question about divorced spousal benefits. If you are divorced and were married for at least 10 years you may be eligible for ex-spousal benefits. If…Read More
Can someone younger than age 60 collect benefits if their spouse died and they have a young child?
Full question: My brother-in-law was collecting Social Security for himself and two minor children. He has since passed; my sister-in-law is collecting money for the two children. She is 59 and is being denied benefits for herself because she is not age 60. Is she eligible to collect for herself since one of the children…Read More
If an ex-spousal benefit is taken early, will it still be reduced if I have minor children? What will my minor children collect?
Full question: I will collect Social Security at 62 as an ex-spouse. 50% of his full benefit will be about $1900. I know typically it would be reduced for filing early, but I read if you have minor children, it is not reduced. Is that true? Also, I have 2 minor children. What number will…Read More
Does a widow’s survivor benefit get reduced if she is still working?
Full question: I can’t find clarification on survivor benefits and earnings limits. If a husband passes away and the survivor wife is age 55 and is working and caring for kid(s) under 16, does her benefit get reduced because she is working? Hello, Yes, like other Social Security benefits, survivor benefits also are subject to…Read More
If a child is disabled before the age of 22 are they eligible to collect SSI or an adult disabled child benefit?
Full question: Client has an autistic child who is now 22 years old. He has never collected Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI). Client now wonders if his son would qualify for Social Security Disability. His son is unable to work. I have researched Disability Benefits and Benefits for children with disabilities on ssa.gov. I believe…Read More