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Hi there,

Hi there,
Child support will NOT count as earned income and will not disqualify you for SSDI benefits. But if you are working, you will likely need to quit your job to qualify. You cannot earn more than $1090 per month in 2015 to qualify for disability benefits.

Jerome
Hello im currently over 18

Hello im currently over 18 and will be awarded a sum from a parents disability claim. The back pay that I will receive from that claim is intended to be money for me or for my parent?

Hi Jerome,

Hi Jerome,
This is a difficult question. I believe it should go to your parents, because it would have been awarded to you as a minor, when you were eligible for auxiliary benefits. Your parents will likely be able to spend it on your behalf as they see fit.

Jerome
So I'm confused. If it

So I'm confused. If it should go to my parents why is it deposited to my banking acct. I understand that if I was under 18 it goes to them to manage for me. I'm 19 can't I manage the back pay funds thats being deposited to me for myself such has college for example. So I guess I'm still asking am I to just hand over the sum to my parents or am I to manage the money (its going towards college not blowing it) myself. I mean the money regardless of who holds it is supposed to be used towards me right?

Hi Jerome,

Hi Jerome,
The money was deposited into your own bank account? Then I would assume that you are able to spend it on your needs as you wish.

Wondering
Since the age of 4, My son

Since the age of 4, My son was receiving ssi from his deceased father. I was just approved for ssdi and will b receiving back pay. He's 19 now but was 17 at the time when I became disabled will he get back pay for that year?

Hi there,

Hi there,
Your son may not be eligible for benefits as he was receiving the survivor's benefits at the time you had applied.

Anonymous
My kids father receives ssi,

My kids father receives ssi, he had never worked. How can I get the ssi office to help me

Hi there,

Hi there,
Not really sure what you're asking here. SSI benefits are for people who have never worked, so it makes sense that he's receiving SSI.

luna
I have custody of my brothers

I have custody of my brothers children. I have had them for apx 14 years. They are 15 and 16 now. Their father receives social security disability and 4$ in SSI benefits. Not sure what or where biological mother is. But she is not considered disabled. What I was wondering is would they qualify for any benefits? I do not ever receive child support but do get state funds called TANF. Not even close to enough to properly care for 2 children.

Hi Luna,

Hi Luna,
Unfortunately not. If their father is only on SSI benefits, they will not be eligible for any additional benefits under his account.

Minnesota chris
My question is kind of weird.

My question is kind of weird. My 2 kids get rsdi from they're father's disability. He has 2 more children and they all get a cut. Everything he has another child the total amount gets devidded from the total amount. 2 of his children live with him and his spouse I don't exactly agree how I should have the same amount as I'm a single parent home but they won't make him pay child support. So my question is he recently got married to theyre mother. Can I now get more for my kids since they're married and they're income is jointly? Or if maybe not rsdi can I go after him for child support now? I thought if you got married your spouses income mattered on your child support but I don't know for sure.
Thank you for reading.

Hi there,

Hi there,
I do not believe you will be able to receive more, even after they're married. This is because the SSA evenly splits the amount of income given to children so that the total benefits paid to beneficiaries does not equal more than 180%. If his other children are older than yours, you will be paid more once they turn 18.

Abigail
i have guardianship of my

i have guardianship of my great nephew. I am on ssi. my biological children get ssa through me. does my great nephew qualify to receive this also?

Hi Abigail,

Hi Abigail,
Unfortunately not. Your nephew would not be eligible unless you legally adopted him.

Tim
I'm on ssdi an have been

I'm on ssdi an have been raising my step grandson for 10 yrs. he's 14 now , can I claim him so he can get benifits from my ssdi?

Hi Tim,

Hi Tim,
No, not unless both of his parents are either deceased or disabled, or unless you legally adopt him.

Anonymous
Okay i get ssi disability now

Okay i get ssi disability now my son dosent get nothing bit i want to aply for ssi for my son as well is this possible or what can i do with my son disability

Hi there,

Hi there,
You can, but does your son have a disability? He will need to have a disability to receive SSI benefits, because he cannot receive additional benefits under your SSI account.

KIM
we have guardianship of 2 of

we have guardianship of 2 of our grandchildren..they have lived with us for several years..there parents do drugs..my husband is filing a disability claim for injuries he received at work. can we include our grandchildren on the claim??

Hi Kim,

Hi Kim,
Unfortunately not, unless both parents have a disability or unless you legally adopt them.

Jenny
My husband and I ate both on

My husband and I ate both on ssdi. I have two children the oldest is 24 the youngest is 12. When I first received ssdi benefits my children both received benefits from my ssdi, my husband was working and was not disabled at this time and my oldest son was still in school and under 18. My oldest son has had a disability since birth but did not qualify for ssi due to the fact I worked most of my life and my income combined with my husband's and child support made him ineligible for ssi. When my oldest son was about to graduate we applied for ssi again and this time he was awarded ssi because the rest of our family income was not included since he is trying to support himself and eventually get housing and basically be living independently. At first the ssa took his portion of ssi that we were receiving from my benefits and added it to my younger sons portion of ssi and my oldest son began receiving his own ssi. After a year or so of payments the ssa informed me this is an error we had been receiving too much ssi and that my oldest son should continue to receive ssi thru my benefits which is about 350 a month. Both my children had been receiving 350 a month. After my oldest qualified for his own ssi he stopped receiving the 350 a month, however my younger sons ssi was increase from 350 to 700. My oldest son started receiving his own monthly ssi which about 750 a month. This is wrong apparently he is to continue receiving 350 a month ssi thus lowering my youngest son back to 350 a month and my oldest son then has the 350 ssi he is receiving from my benefits subtracted from his 750 a month. Every one I've talked to at ssa tries telling me this a benefit. I fail to see how that is my youngest does not receive his full benefit and my oldest is having his portion deducted from his ssi, well actually they allow him to keep twenty dollars of it. Which still doesn't seem to benefit better than keeping 350 dollars a month. My husband became disabled a few years after myself his leg was crushed by a fork lift while at work. So if he's now receiving ssd which is only about 800 a month why can't his ssdi contribute to his son? I tried ask this question but I got disconnected after I tried to explain my situation I felt as though no one really knew and they figured I'd get tired of calling or I would get a different person when I called back which both of those thIngs happened. Recently I had to get a verification of award letter and it would not let me print it out so I went to the ssa while I was we there anyway I figured I'd ask this question again it's been a few years since I last asked. I mean I looked everywhere on the Internet for what happens when both parents receive ssd if it's not combined, which appears to be the case then how is it decided which parent provides the benefit for their child. As it so happens, the financial strain that 350 a month loss has put on my family has been a big contributing deterioration in my marriage. So what happens if my husband and I separate will he be eligible to pay child support? I've been looking for that online too and I can't find anything. One good thing I was able to file paperwork with ssa stating basically I'm too poor to pay back the 350 a month for a year mistake I didn't realize was even a mistake. It may not seem like a lot bit that 350 has made a huge difference in the way we live. My oldest son has never been able to move out even though he waited two years on a list for housing. If he were to move thirty percent of his 750 would be paid in rent which sounds like a good deal but considering he is unable to drive there would be a lot of things he would still need help with and even just that one thing transportation is a hardship for my family at this point. The fact that my oldest son now 24 and still living with us sharing a bedroom with his twelve year old brother and my husband and I are unable to help him get out on his own has also contributed to an ending of my marriage of twenty two years. Being disabled is hard enough but when you've worked and know you used to be able to provide so much more for you're family and now you're crying over 350 a month it's been very hard especially on my husband. We both feel like we have failed as parents. It seems like a cruel joke to tell people receiving benefits from your parents ssdi if you become disabled before 24 and your parent receive benefits is a benefit. My family and my son would be so much better off he could collect his own ssi. My son's been disabled all his life and couldn't receive anything until he became an adult if someone would have explained this to me I would have waited til after he was twenty four to apply. I'd be short 350 for a few years but eventually when my son would collect he at least would be able to get out on his own and I could help with some things he may need. But as it is now if he left we would both go under. There's another thought can we drop his ssi and re file again later without having this issue. Is there a benefit that I just haven't seen yet? Anything you could tell me I'd appreciate. Thank you.

Hi Jenny,

Hi Jenny,
I am very sorry to hear about your challenging situation. I am a little confused, but let me see if I understand you correctly:
Your disabled adult son is receiving 750 per month under your account due to his disability. He has not qualified for SSI under his own account.
Your young son DID have benefits, 350 per month, but now he lost them.
The reason your younger son lost his benefits is because your level of auxiliary benefits (180% of your monthly payment) has apparently already been maxed out by your older son. If he were to be approved under his own account, he should in theory be eligible for up to $733 per month, and then your younger child could receive benefits again. I am honestly not sure why your son cannot qualify under his own SSI account. Your adult son is receiving your benefits because I'm sure they're higher than his own SSI account, but you should consider scheduling an appointment with the SSA to see if his assets are low enough to qualify for his own SSI account so you can receive more for your son.

Anonymous
If my son already received

If my son already received benefits from his bioligiocal father is he eligible to receive from his step father

Thanks denise

No, you cannot collect under

No, you cannot collect under two different accounts.

Jennifer
Hi, I didn't see this

Hi, I didn't see this question asked, forgive me if it was. I have had legal guardianship or a child for 13 years, I was just recently approved for disability , is she a qualifying child? We are not biologically related but I have been her sole source of support since she was born

Hi Jennifer,

Hi Jennifer,
No you will not, unless her parents are both deceased or disabled. Your only other option would be to adopt her. Being her guardian will not count unfortunately.

Mary
If my adult daughter lived

If my adult daughter lived with me entire 2015 and unemploy, I only get social security disability no other incomes? can I claim her and will I be able to get refunds?

Hi Mary,

Hi Mary,
You will not be able to get benefits for your adult daughter unless she actually has a disability.

Anonymous
If my son gets ssi and his

If my son gets ssi and his dadjust started getting ss.is my son eligable to recieve benefits from his fathers ss too

Hi there,

Hi there,
Yes he is, even if he is older than age 18. He will just need to be unmarried. If his father's benefits are higher than his, then he will be eligible for up to 50% of his father's benefits, plus be eligible for Medicare.

shorty
My wife is 50 im 40 yearsold

My wife is 50 im 40 yearsold we adopted one grandchild so far and in process of adopting another can the child get social security if we both work still and we ain't disabled or retired?

Well if you aren't disabled

Well if you aren't disabled or retired, they cannot get benefits unless THEY are disabled. Social Security benefits are not for young, healthy families who are able to work.

Jenn
Ok so me and my ex had a baby

Ok so me and my ex had a baby in October of 2015 he was already disabled and recieving benefits for years... He has 2 older children who recieve auxiliary benefits my question is will my daughter be able to recieve back pay from the time she was born or is there no back pay at all

Hi Jenn,

Hi Jenn,
No, she is not eligible for any back pay from the years he was receiving benefits, because she did not exist for all of those years. She should start receiving benefits from birth onward. IF she was not receiving any benefits at the time of her birth, she could be eligible for back pay.

Jenn
Ok that's what I meant

Ok that's what I meant sorry so from the time she was born she would get back pay ?

I believe so! If she was

I believe so! If she was eligible for benefits from the time of birth onwards, she could be eligible for back pay. The SSA does not include the first five months for back pay though, so she may not be able to receive any back pay until she was 5 months old and onward.

melanie
My husband receives ssdi for

My husband receives ssdi for his heart. My daughter of course gets Hal of what he gets. I am getting ready to leave him . He won't call SSA out of spite toward me. I will be calling SSA...how long will it be and what is the process of becoming her payee?

Hi Melanie,

Hi Melanie,
It is actually a pretty simple process. You will just need to schedule an appointment with your local SSA office and fill out some paperwork that will allow you to become her payee.

Amy
Here's my problem. I

Here's my problem. I have a 7 year old daughter whose father became disabled before she was born. He receives about $571 in SSDI AND $100+ in SSI. I tried taking him to court for child support. They ordered him to pay $272 but suspended it because they deemed him indigent. So I went to my local Social security office and they told me that my daughter was eligible for auxiliary benefits due to his "type of disability". I know with him being on SSDI, that she is eligible for 50% of his benefits because he has no other children. I'm trying to figure out why I'm being told she isn't eligible. Can you help explain this to me? Is the fact that he's also receiving SSI standing in the way of my daughter receiving benefits? My daughter meets the criteria for receiving auxiliary benefits. I'm just about ready to go talk to a social security lawyer. I know in order for him to be receiving the SSDI that he had worked and earned enough credits to qualify for it. I just don't understand and I feel like my local social security office is giving me the run around.

Hi Amy,

Hi Amy,
There is no reason she shouldn't be receiving 50% of his SSDI benefits. SSI should have nothing do to with it, because her receiving SSDI will not affect his payments at all! I would contact an attorney or someone else who can help you with this issue.

Amy
Thank you Deanna!

Thank you Deanna!

No problem Amy, good luck and

No problem Amy, good luck and happy New Year!

Doreen
I have a son 17 who is

I have a son 17 who is receiving ssdi auxiliary benefits as his dad is on disability. For the past six months my son has been living in a residential treatment facility (as he has autism). Will this affect his monthly benefit amount?
Thanks very much. I am hoping not as I need the money to get him placed in a better program.

Hi Doreen,

Hi Doreen,
I don't believe it will. Living in treatment facilities typically only affects people on SSI benefits, not on SSDI benefits.

Alayna
I was reading that there is a

I was reading that there is a maximum that a claimant can receive. It says you can receive 150-180% of your benefit. I have 2 children and my approx. benefit would be $2100 for only myself. Can you help me understand more about this? It's a little confusing. Thank you.

Sure thing, Alayna.

Sure thing, Alayna.
Each child is entitled to 50% of your benefits. If you were to earn $2,100, that would mean that each child could theoretically earn $1050 per month in addition to your payment. But a household income cannot exceed 180% of your monthly payment. So each child would receive 40% of your payment instead, or about $840. This makes your household income 180%.

Alayna
Thank you Deanna.

Thank you Deanna.

No problem Alayna! Your

No problem Alayna! Your actual figures will likely vary from what I wrote but it should be very similar.

Anonymous
I tried to explain in an

I tried to explain in an earlier comment I guess I'm not explaining this correctly because I'm cant really understand the logic of some of the ss rules, I'm sorry. I'll try again. My oldest son is twenty four, has been disabled since birth but he did not qualify for any kind of ss because I worked and my income was considered enough, if I have it correctly, ssa explained to me many years ago,Since my son was never employed he would only be eligible for ssi which the ssa employee explained, is very similar to welfare all income in the household needs to be looked at and basically since I was working a full time job my son was not eligible. If he continued to be disabled he could apply for his own ssi when he finished school. At about the time my son graduated at twenty one I helped my son apply for his own ssi benefits. He lives in my home but is considered to be on his own and paying his own way. My son was awarded ssi of approximately 750. This was fine so far everything making sense to me. Here's where I get messed up though, about ten years before my son was awarded ssi for himself I became disabled since I had worked for almost twenty years I was told I was being awarded ssd and that amount came to approximately 1400. per month and that both my children would receive benefits of 350 each per month. Two children meant a total of 700. My husband was employed full time at the time I was awarded benefits. I believe I understood ssa correctly that my husband's income didn't concern them, either way my children would receive this benefit because I was disabled. A couple of years later my husband gets seriously injured at work he collected worker's comp for some time but eventually he had to apply for ssd he was awarded considerably less 800 per month. So first question should my children be elegible for any additional benefits from his ssdi? I never got a clear answer from anyone at ssa and eventually assumed the answer is no. Eventually, my oldest son turned twenty one and was awarded his own ssi he never worked so he was not elegible for ssd only ssi. For one year ssa paid him 750 a month and the 350 a month I had been receiving on his behalf because he was entitled to benefits not of his own disability but because I became disabled, was added to my second son who is younger and still a minor. So my income is the same 1400, my husbands stayed the same 800, but instead of each of my children receiving 350 only one child, the minor was receiving benefit thru my ssd so his benefit increased to 700. Until a year went by and ssa told me this is an error. My oldest son is to continue to receive his 350 and as long as I'm disabled he will be entitled to benefits from me. So my younger son, who is a minor received my older sons benefit of 350 in error. So they changed it back so each child receives 350 a month. However they reduced my oldest son ssi by 350. So my oldest son receives the exact same amount he would have received with or without my benefits and my younger son is shorted 350. Irritates the heck out of me really, to say my children are elegible to receive half of my monthly benefit regardless of my husband's income, but then take the same money away because my oldest is disabled. There is no benefit here its a loss. To call this a benefit seems fraudulent to me. I could maybe understand if I didn't have a minor child and the whole 700 went to my disabled adult child and ssi covered the extra fifty bucks but still it's silly like money going in a circle. I guess that's my question how is my older son benefiting from my ssd. When I ask ssa they tell me he is lucky to get this benefit. And I guess they are even luckier because they take it right back and keep it instead of adding it to my minor sons benefit. If my son had filed for disability after age twenty four would this mean he would not be entitled to benefits thru my ssd and if so can he cancel or drop his ssi and file again without having to worry about getting my benefits? Or how about my younger son he is entitled to any thing thru my husband's ssd especially since he's not receiveing an entire benefit thru me. If my husband and I separate would my younger son be entitled to any child support from my husband, who is my youngest sons father? Any information you know of would be helpful. Or even if you could point me to a person who handles more complicated issues at ssa it's just when I ask these questions to ssa I don't even feel like the person I'm talking to is confident in their answers. Thank you

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