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Can I Receive Family Benefits For Stepchildren?


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My wife has two children one 5, and one 6. I will be having my ALJ hearing in September. That will make 19 months since I requested the hearing. Will I recieve family Benefits for my wife and her children if I receive SSDI.

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Kenny,

You get none for your wife, but you will get them for the kids.......do you have any of your own?....Kids will get a seperate check for each, it is about half of what you get per month split between each child until the reach age 18 or are no longer in school after 18.

Make sure SS has all the information on them so you will not have to do this at a later date.

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I was recently approved for SSDI. From what I understood, all of your natural children qualify, whether they live with you or not. Stepchildren qualify as long as you provide for more than half of there care. Your spouse also qualifies as long as your household income is under a certain level

It is true that your children get 50% split between them. If you get $1000 a month, and you have five kids, then they get $100 dollars each for a total of $500.

I don't know what the amount is for your spouse, because my wife makes too much money, and did not qualify. But, I know that the benefit is there because SS called and asked if we wanted to apply for it and then took the info and then said she made too much.

I hope this helps.

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My wife has two children one 5, and one 6. I will be having my ALJ hearing in September. That will make 19 months since I requested the hearing. Will I recieve family Benefits for my wife and her children if I receive SSDI.

I have never heard of a spouse earning too much money, unless the claimant is receiving SSI. Unless this is something new, you should receive a benefit for your spouse, if you receive SSDI, and how much she earns should have no bearing on it. Your spouse should receive a benefit until the youngest child reaches age 16, which is when SS considers it is no longer necessary for her to be home when the child comes home from school. When her benefit ceases it is added to the children still receiving SS benefits, proportionately.

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Phillip,

You could be right. I am just going by what the person at the SS office told me. That may be my first mistake! I guess I should look into it a little further.

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