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Hi Jenny,

Hi Jenny,
I believe I tried to answer your question earlier. So your younger son should be entitled to $700, which is 50% of your benefit. Your older son was receiving an overpayment because it looks like he's receiving the maximum SSI benefit, so he would not be entitled to SSDI benefits at the same time. If you were to separate, your son would only be entitled to 50% of your husband's payment, which would be just $400. I am baffled as to why your youngest isn't receiving $700. The only thing I can think of is that the SSA is docking his payment due to your older son's overpayment. Have you scheduled an appointment with your local SSA office?

Nicole
I'm currently at the

I'm currently at the reconsideration level. Does the decision normally take as long as the first decision? It took about 5 months for my initial denial.

Hi Nicole,

Hi Nicole,
It is pretty variable, but it could take up to 5 months. Some cases are either approved (or denied) in as little as a few weeks though, so don't get too discouraged.

Anthony
Hi I am a disabled veteran

Hi I am a disabled veteran and draw SSDI. I am also the non-custodial parent to my 17 year old daughter. i pay my child support like clock work, but my friends ask me why does Social Security not pay my child support? I don't know what they are talking about. is this true? will the SSA award my daughter a monthly benefit? and if so, how do i get it started? I barely get by as i have been deemed unemployable by the VA. Thank you in advance.

Hi Anthony,

Hi Anthony,
That's not quite how it works. What they are talking about is an auxiliary benefit. Your daughter could receive up to 50% of your payments (yours will remain the same, don't worry). This does NOT always count as paying child support. That's always up to Child Services to decide. But if your daughter is 17, she will only be eligible for a year or less for these benefits anyway. You should look into it just to give your daughter a little additional help.

Liz
Can I re-file for SSI for my

Can I re-file for SSI for my son if benefits were taken away for not reporting my income?

Hi Liz,

Hi Liz,
You can, but if your income is still too high for him to qualify, he will likely not be re-approved for benefits.

Anonymous
Y daughter's father

Y daughter's father receives disability. She is fifteen. Can she receive benefits?

Hi there,

Hi there,
She can, but only if her father is on SSDI benefits. If her father receives SSDI, she can in turn get about 50% of his payment in addition to what he receives every month. These are known as auxiliary benefits. If he's never worked and is only receiving SSI benefits, she will not be eligible for any auxiliary benefits.

La Donna
How can I find out if my

How can I find out if my daughter's father is receiving ssd

Hi La Donna,

Hi La Donna,
If you know his SS #, you can go online on the SSA's website (www.ssa.gov) and see what he's receiving.

Jessica
It ask for a pin

It ask for a pin

Hi Jessica,

Hi Jessica,
I would contact the SSA to find your pin, you can call them at 1-800-772-1213 and they would be able to help you with that there.

Pop
My granddaughter is 12 and

My granddaughter is 12 and was born with trisomy 21. Her parents have been told that their daughter does not qualify for SSI or Medicaid because his income is too high. They say she will be eligible at age 18! Why is the parent income level a qualifying factor for a child who will never outgrow or be cured from Down's?

Hi Pop,

Hi Pop,
This is a very sad situation that affects a lot of people. The reason is because SSDI is funded by taxpayers. So adults who become disabled have earned their benefits by paying SS taxes all their lives. SSI is a little different. It's not payed by taxes, so nobody has "earned" SSI benefits. Thus, it's a program only for the very needy.

Abbey
My daughter gets SSD from her

My daughter gets SSD from her dad. She doesn't live with him.
The SSA immediately contacted my number to giver her SSD benefits. Now almost 3 yrs I am thinking is she entitled to these benefits if she never lived with him.
She is disabled and was found disabled by SSA. This makes me nervous. Its been so many yrs. Pls ease my mind.

Thanks so much!

Hi Abbey,

Hi Abbey,
I'm afraid I don't quite understand your situation! Your daughter is on SSDI from her dad, but she's also disabled and is on SSI? What was the phone call about?

Mike
I will be traviling out of

I will be traviling out of state with my wife who's has MS to get treatment. My question is if I give temporary guardianship of our two boys to her parents for those two months will she lose any benefits she receives for our children during those two months?

Hi Mike,

Hi Mike,
She definitely shouldn't. You can either continue to receive the income in your bank account like you do now and send it to her parents, or set it up so they receive the income for just two months. You can do that at your local SSA office.

Mike
Thank you very much for

Thank you very much for answering so quickly. This iswill make everything much easier for us.

No problem Mike, good luck!

No problem Mike, good luck!

Anonymous
If I have sole physical and

If I have sole physical and my daughters mother and I share joint legal custody of our daughter is she entitled to any of our daughters social security benefits

Hi there,

Hi there,
If you're the only one with physical custody, as in, you're the only one purchasing items on your daughters' behalf, I would say that her mother likely does not have any entitlement to her benefits.

Anonymous in MI...
Is it normal for SSDI to

Is it normal for SSDI to change a dependent beneficiary to the when a dependent turns 18? My son has received SSDI benefits as a dependent as his father is disabled and recieves SSDI. He turns 18 in January and we filed that he is still in school until June. We then immediately received notice that SS decided it is best that he has his checks sent to him, rather than have his father has his payee and asking for any money's to be returned. Is this normal procedure?

Hi there,

Hi there,
It's not unheard of. Because 18 is a legal adult, the SSA is probably allowing him to make his own financial decisions about where to spend that income.

Anonymous in MI
If there is no money to be

If there is no money to be returned that was held for the dependent, do I simply not respond to the demand to return any funds? Seems as though they would send follow up letters. I have bank accounts and don't want them to come after my funds.

Hi there,

Hi there,
Is the SSA claiming that you received an overpayment? If so, I would pay it as quickly as possible. If not, I would not be concerned.

Bigshowjc
I am disabled and have

I am disabled and have received SSDI for the last year. My minor child (16) moved in with a friend and their family 2 weeks ago because him and I cannot get along. I have brain cancer and he is very stressful (it causes me seizures). I still support him with income, pay school, clothes ext. Do I need to report this to social security, will his income stop ect.. I am afraid that if I make changes, then he will move back home. I'm not sure if this will be a temporary thing or permanent. What should I do in a situation like this?

Hi there,

Hi there,
If he is on SSDI benefits under your account, assisting him financially will not make him ineligible for benefits. IF he is on SSI benefits however, he could lose his benefits if you are financially supporting him.

lisa
My granddaughter was approved

My granddaughter was approved in November and talked local office December 15 how long will the wait be for her check?

Hi Lisa,

Hi Lisa,
Your granddaughter should receive her check sometime between now and March. It often takes about three months for the SSA to start sending payments.

angel
i have a payee over me and my

i have a payee over me and my sons benefits does she need to report that he is moving out of my house and going to live with his dad or can she still be his payee

Hi Angel,

Hi Angel,
If she'll still have communication and the ability to purchase items on behalf of the child, then the could still be the payee. Living together does not necessarily matter, just the correct spending of funds.

MR
I currently receive ss

I currently receive ss disability due to cancer. My child also receives a fixed amount as well.

My "wife" has moved back to her home country, (Australia) and has custody of our child.

My cheating wife is an Australian citizen, but our child was born in America and had duel citizenship.

Is my daughter able to continue receiving her benefits here? I would just transfer the funds each month online. I would use the amount for "child support" after our divorce.

Hi there,

Hi there,
This is an excellent question, and I honestly do not know the answer! Try calling the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to find out more.

Kellie
My daughter was living with

My daughter was living with her grandmother for 3 years. The last 2 years she had full custody. Just recently she died, in September 2015. I was told that I could draw ssi for her to help take care of her through what happened with her grandmother. Can anyone give me any info?

Hi Kellie,

Hi Kellie,
I believe you have been misinformed. You will not be able to receive SSI benefits on the behalf of her deceased grandmother.

katrina
My son gets a disablity check

My son gets a disablity check that is under $500, which barely pays anything....I can't work cause he needs 24/7 care, can I get a check too for not being able to work? I live in Georgia.

Hi Katrina,

Hi Katrina,
You will not be able to receive disability benefits for being a caretaker. You must be disabled yourself to be eligible.

KRIS-TEE
HI SO MY DAUGHTER RECEIVED A

HI SO MY DAUGHTER RECEIVED A LUMP SUM OF BENEFITS DUE TO HER FATHER QUALIFYING FOR DISABILITY. HER FATHER AND I ARE NOT TOGETHER BUT I JUST RECEIVED THE TAX FORM SO HOW WILL THAT AFFECT MY TAXES AS I CLAIM HER AND HER SIBLINGS

SSI benefits do not affect

SSI benefits do not affect taxes.

Dana
I have a question, I was

I have a question, I was approved in December for my disability. I have full custody of my nephew, and I was wondering could he draw off of me being that I have full custody of him?

Hi Dana,

Hi Dana,
He cannot. This will only happen if you legally adopt him.

Tia
For ssd does being married

For ssd does being married change anything and sore my payee have to be a relative

Hi Tia,

Hi Tia,
Not necessarily. It will just need to be someone who has a close contact to your life. This is most often a relative, but some people have non-relatives become a payee too.

JB
I have full custody of my 8

I have full custody of my 8 year old and my ex just has been approved for SSDI benefits. She is receiving a "back time" payment and I was wondering a couple of things
1) Will she receive benefits
2) Can she also receive a lump sum back time payment?

Hi JB,

Hi JB,
Her back pay will likely come in three installments, each one 6 months apart. If she's getting back pay, then she will definitely be receiving SSI benefits.

L.B
A nine year old kid mother

A nine year old kid mother know who the biological father is but getting disability check from another man is that fraud.

Hi there,

Hi there,
Yes, that would be considered fraud.

Dianne
Hi I need to ask a question

Hi I need to ask a question and maybe get some advice because I have no idea what to do. My teenage daughter(16) ran away a couple of weeks ago and has been residing with her girlfriend and her mother and stepfather (I don't speak to neither one, (both on disability)). My daughter recently has asked me to give her her health card so her friends mom can put her on her disability benefits. Is this possible????? Can this woman just take any person and add them to their disability cheques???? Do I have any say in the matter? I just don't understand how this works. I didn't think that u could just pick any Tom dick or Harry off the street and throw them on your disability. ANY ADVICE would be GREATLY appreciated.

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