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Hi Milly,

Hi Milly,
If you feel your mother is committing fraud, I would contact the SSA with that information, you can report fraud by contacting the SSA, Here's a link to their website:
http://oig.ssa.gov/report-fraud-waste-or-abuse/fraud-waste-and-abuse

Julia
I just found out my ex

I just found out my ex-husband has been getting SSI benefits for my children for the past 5 years. We had 50-50 shared custody with each parent having exactly the same amount of time with the kids. Shouldn't part of that money have gone to me since if I understand it correctly it is money to support the child and since they lived in both homes 50 % of the time shouldn't I have been given half. Do I have any recourse or action I can take against my ex-husband.

Hi Julia,

Hi Julia,
I'm sorry to say that those benefits are based off of his records, and the SSA generally assigns the parent who applied for auxiliary benefits as the representative payee for the children.

Maria
My husband passed away 19

My husband passed away 19 years ago my son has been on survivors benefits since. Now my son has been approved for ssdi due to his autism speach impairment and learning disability since birth. Will he receive back pay for as ssdi since he received survivors?

Hi Maria,

Hi Maria,
I would not be able to say for sure, but it is doubtful that he would be eligible for back pay for those years. He may be eligible for back pay from the time he applied and the time he was approved, however.

Anonymous
my son is 17 i have raised

my son is 17 i have raised him. i devorced his father when he was 2. its possible his father is getting SSD how do i find out and do i apply for my son?

Sue
My husband has been informed

My husband has been informed by his medical doctor to apply for short term disability. If he does and he receives this can our child who is under the age of 18 also receive benefits from short term disability if her father is approved? Thank you

Hi Sue,

Hi Sue,
It would depend if your husband is on SSDI or SSI. If he is on SSI, then he would be able to get auxiliary benefits for your child, if he is SSI, that is not offered with those benefits.

Tina
where do i apply for my child

where do i apply for my child cause her dad get a check

Hi Tina,

Hi Tina,
You would be able to apply online at www.ssa.gov or at a local SSA office:
http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/social-security-disability-locat...

Anonymous
If you sign over your

If you sign over your parental rights can that child still be eligible to receive benefits?

Hi,

Hi,
If you are no longer legally considered the child's parent, it is doubtful that they would still be eligible for benefits based off of your work record.

anonymous
Im now in my 30s. My father

Im now in my 30s. My father has been receiving SS Disability since I was a child. He went through years of paperwork to get back pay he claimed he was owed. About 10 years ago, he received checks in our (his adult kids) names. They were different amounts with mine being around $3,000. My sibling recently told me he got checks again. Last time this happened he told us the money was his and asked us to cash the checks and give him most of the money, which we all did. Why is SS sending him the checks when we are all adults now. I'm 34! Is he obligated to turn these over to us? What can happen if he doesn't? Can I call SS and get info about this? None of us kids are or have ever been disabled. It seems this money is dependent back payment.

Hi,

Hi,
I would definitely call the SSA about this, if you were eligible for these benefits, then they are yours and they would be able to give you more information about that. Their number is 1-800-772-1213

Cathy James
How do I legally find out if

How do I legally find out if my ex husband received his disability? We have a minor child that I have legal custody of.

Hi Cathy,

Hi Cathy,
You would need written consent from your ex-husband to find that out, as the SSA keeps that type of information confidential.

Sammy
I already recieve disability.

I already recieve disability. I'm pregnant and not sure what steps to take now? Will the baby receive benefits? How do i start the process??

Hi Sammy,

Hi Sammy,
If you get SSDI benefits based off of your own work history, your child may be eligible for auxiliary benefits based off of your work history.

Janet Graham
Hi my son 27 has brain cancer

Hi my son 27 has brain cancer and recently got SSDI approved for Feb 2016..He has 3 children 6yr old and twins 3. SS took application for the kids at same time as his app..The primary custodial parent is the Mom whom they live with. He recently because of the illness moved back with me Mom and Dad..The kids are his biological kids and have his name although he is not married. Do these kids get benefits? and if so where does the $ go to my son as a payee rep? or to the Mother? If it goes to him does he give over the $ to Mom in a money order? We want to make sure it is used on the kids. My son just got his first SSDI ck for feb-March..and his letter of approval-nothing yet for the kids-or did the Mom get the letter? He also didnt get the retroactive check yet. Hes very ill with all these chemotherapy treatments..Thanks

Hi Janet,

Hi Janet,
I'm sorry for the situation your son is in, it must be a very trying time for your family. To answer your questions:
Yes, any auxiliary benefits(from their father's SSDI benefits) that your grandchildren get go directly to them. However, they would need a representative payee. It does not need to be their mother or father, it can be another person that the SSA believes would use the benefits responsibly for the children. Since the money is for the children, the payee is only obligated to use it for the children themselves. Also, the SSA only accepts auxiliary benefits applications after the approval of the first SSDI application. So you may need to apply for the children again. I would contact the SSA for more information, their number is 1-800-772-1213 or you can also go to www.ssa.gov .

Anonymous
my daughter lives with me

my daughter lives with me since she was five years old she's my stepdaughter she is now 15 and I am who can answer this question

heather
can i file my brother on my

can i file my brother on my taxes if he drawes a check on our dad

Hi Heather,

Hi Heather,
I'm not really sure how you can file your taxes, I would get in touch with a tax professional to find out how you can file. However, the check that your brother draws off your father would relate to your brother's taxes rather than yours.

Marielin
I receive ssdi and my son

I receive ssdi and my son receives auxiliary benefits from me . His father lives with us and helps financially as well. Can his father claim him as a dependant on his taxes? We are not married! Thanks

Hi Marielin,

Hi Marielin,
I'm not sure if your son's father could claim your son as a dependent, but as far as the auxiliary benefits go, those should not conflict with your son's father's tax filing as the auxiliary benefits would be your son's income. Regardless, I would consult a tax professional about what to do regarding taxes.

Janice
My daughter gave up all

My daughter gave up all financial obligations to her child. The child lives with me in Mississippi and her mom lives in Texas. What do I need to do to get help financially for her.

Jessica
My ex just got approved. I

My ex just got approved. I have appt to apply for the kids. Do u get back pay for the kids. How much do I get. He get like 800 a month. We have 4kids.

Hi Jessica,

Hi Jessica,
Backpay would really depend on if your children were listed on the initial application, and the benefit amount you would be able to get would depend on your ex's work record if he is getting SSDI. If your ex is getting SSI, there are no auxiliary benefits available for SSI receipients.

Princess
My son is 41 yrs old with

My son is 41 yrs old with cancer and now, the doctor said both of his eyes are officially blind. He's getting ss but someone said that he can get more if he reapply for SS. Is this possible?

Hi Princess,

Hi Princess,
If he is eligible for SSDI and has applied only for SSI, then yes, he may be eligible for more money based on his work record. You should contact the SSA to both let them know if his condition has worsened and to also find out if he is eligible for SSDI.

Candace
My son gets ssdi from his dad

My son gets ssdi from his dad...if we have another kid will it get the same amount of money as my son or will they split it between the 2?

Hi Candace,

Hi Candace,
Yes, the benefits will be split between the children up to the family benefit maximum of 180% of the recipient's benefits.

Brandy Dease
My daughter is a preemie and

My daughter is a preemie and receives a check because of her daddy's disability. Does she get a another check for being premature and being in first steps

Hi Brandy,

Hi Brandy,
If your daughter has a disability herself, she may qualify for SSI benefits based off of her condition. You can find some more information about that here:
http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/blog/can-children-collect-social...

krystal
my daughters father gets a

my daughters father gets a disability check from when he was in the military? his son gets one as well. should my daughter, his daughter as well get one? if so what steps should i take?

Hi Krystal,

Hi Krystal,
You may want to contact the VA to find out if your daughter is eligible for those benefits.

Damien
I have a 6yr old with

I have a 6yr old with cerebral palsy who lives with his mother. I'm in the process of buying a home for them to reside as finding an apartment that is handicap accessible has proven to be to costly or non existent. If I buy the home and allow his mother to move in with my child and her other child and she assumes responsibility of the mortgage will that disqualify my son from receiving benefits? Thanks in advanced

Hi Damien,

Hi Damien,
Owning one home ( of any value) should not affect your child's eligibility for benefits, if they otherwise qualify for benefits.

Unknown
If my kids father get a check

If my kids father get a check for my too boys but they stay with me now can it be switch over if he not sending no money

Hi,

Hi,
Yes, you can contact your local SSA office to change payees for your child. You can find a list of local offices here:
http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/social-security-disability-locat...

bob
My children live with my ex

My children live with my ex the majority of the month we split it 60/40ish i pay child support even during the waiting process for my decision and now i got approved for ssdi since i have the kids more than average should i be able to apply and qualify for dependents benefits or would it go to my ex since he has them more than me? Just wondering cause my benifits would pay out more than my support obligation. I also know the money wouldn't be used for my kids it would be spent on the new family instead.ex. $300 and i pay $200 a month (not actual numbers)

Hi Bob -

Hi Bob -
Any benefits that are awarded to your children are auxiliary benefits and can be paid out to them regardless of who they live with. Generally, the benefits would go to whomever applied to them, unless you had specified another person to whom the benefits would be paid.

James
if children are not mine but

if children are not mine but I am raising them, and I am disabled do they still qualify for benefits

Hi James,

Hi James,
The children you are raising would have to either be your adopted children, your stepchildren, or your grandchildren whose parents are either deceased or disabled for them to qualify for benefits.

Susan
Granddaughter qualified for

Granddaughter qualified for disability SSI. Have an appointment . I have custody of her but my husban makes 80,000.00 a year doe she still get her money because she is 9 years old.

Hi Susan,

Hi Susan,
SSI is dependent on income and resources, so it would depend on whose resources ( either the child's parents or you and your husband's) the SSA is considering when looking at your granddaughter's eligibility. Here's a link to some more information on this:
http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/blog/parental-deeming-process

Susan
Got letter from social

Got letter from social security office my grandchild qualified for ssi disability she is 9 years old and I have custody of her. Does it depend on how much the household income you have.

Hi Susan,

Hi Susan,
SSI does depend on how much income and resources the parents have.

karla
I have recently got custody

I have recently got custody of my great niece.
I have been on ssd for 6 months. Will she be able to receive any benefits? Neither of her parents can have custody of her. Mother is in a criminal case involving her. The state will not let her father have her because of his instability.

Hi Karla,

Hi Karla,
If one or both of her parents is able to recieve SSDI, then she may be eligible for benefits based off of their record, but she would not be eligible for benefits based on your unless you had adopted them.

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