Can my daughter receive SSDI benefits based on both parents’ records?

Published: November 2, 2023

Full question: I am divorced. I have a child on SSI who lives with me. Recently her mother applied for her Social Security retirement and we were notified we could apply for SSDI. I am eligible for SS Retirement, but have not yet applied. If I apply will my daughter receive SSDI benefits on both of her parents’ income or only one?

Hi there,

We would need more information, such as ages and length of your marriage, to answer this question in detail.

If your daughter is approved for Social Security Disability Insurance, SSDI, payments they would be based on your daughter’s own earnings record. However, if she was disabled prior to age 22, she could be receiving Disabled Adult Child benefits based on your ex-wife’s or your earnings record.

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