If a spouse or parent dies, you may be eligible for Social Security survivor benefits. This is a guide about receiving Social Security survivor benefits.
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My son's father passed away before my son was born. Can my son still receive survivor benefits even if his father did not sign his birth certificate?
The readers are right, check with you Social Security Ofc. The phone # is on the phone book in the blue pages, or you can get the 800 # online. Most questions can be answered over the phone; in some cases, you can apply over the phone.
My husband is wanting to adopt my daughter and she receives Social Security from her father who passed away while I was pregnant. Will she still get her Social Security checks if she takes my husband's last name and does not have her father's last name?
By Courtney P. from Knoxville, TN
My husband died of cancer in 1986 when my son was 18 months of age. My son received Social Security survivor's benefits until age 18, even though he was adopted by my husband after I remarried. We even got a replacement birth certificate with his "new" last name. Don't know if the rules have changed since then, so it's best to check with your local Social Security office.
My son's father recently passed. We were not together and even though he didn't sign the birth certificate and wouldn't give his DNA for child support he was put down as the father and was ordered to pay child support, since he wouldn't fight it. My son is 4 years old. Will he receive a check off his father?
By Gina G
The deceasedents mother might have to provide her DNA. Parenthood can be established under the law. If mother isn't possible then his father.
I usually offer a tip, but now I have a question. My husband and I receive Social Security benefits. Does the surviving spouse receive a portion of decedent's SS benefit? If divorced? If so, what percentage? If someone can offer a link or other resource for the answer I would appreciate it. Thank you!
I had some months ago contacted SS office online by email. No response. Thanks to all of you!
How do I go about drawing Social Security for my child when his father died two months before he was born in 2007 and now here it is 2013?
By Ashley L.
You should have contacted SS the day he died. As soon as the child was born he would draw a SS check until the age of 18.
My son was born in January of last year. His father and I were not married and his dad lived in a different state. My son was born on a weekend and although his dad was there, nobody was there put him on the birth certificate. He never made it back down before he died in April. So my question is will the state of Tennessee help me get him on the birth certificate so that I can apply for the benefits?
By Becca J
By Carol in PA04/01/2013
Phone the National Toll Free Number for Social Security Administration to determine your rights.
My sister and I were 12 and 17, when our father passed away. That was 16 years ago. He was 41 years old at the time. I'm not sure when he became a US citizen, but it must of been at least 5 years prior to his death. My question is how can I find out if we are now at this day and age eligible to receive his survival benefits if any and if these even apply?
By Liz N.
By Carol in PA04/01/2013
You should phone the toll free national number for Social Security to find out your options.
I believe you would have been eligible from the time of his death if he had been a US Citizen at the time. I also believe you would be eligible for benefits longer than age 18 if you were a full-time college student.
Your benefits have more to do with YOU and your age at the time of your father's death (as long as he was a citizen when he died). They have nothing to do with your father and his age or how long he was a citizen. Its all about you.
My daughter's father passed when she was 13 months old. His name was not on the birth certificate. She is in his obituary as his daughter, but when I went to try and get benefits that wasn't enough proof. I have tried several times since his death and still was denied. Now she is 16 and I want to try and get DNA from his mom or brothers, but is it too late since she is 16? What else can I do to get the benefits that are owed to her?
By Ivella B
Well - you sure have missed out on a lot of help over the past years.
Best bet is to see an attorney.
You can get help with legal matters free of charge if you fall in the lower income bracket, receive assistance, food stamps.
You need someone to tell you exactly what you need to get this passed. DNA testing is expensive but may be necessary.
Sometimes when using an attorney different things can be done that the average "joe" cannot do.
Too bad you missed out all those years but she can still receive a few years - not sure of what age now.
You also missed out because you would have received money also (to care for the child).
I am only mentioning this so maybe someone reading this will not wait so long.
My ex and I were married for over 34 years. Can I get his Social Security although we were not married when he passed away?
By M. T
Hi - you can draw from your ex-husband's social security if you are eligible for SS and was married over 5 years - and if you have not remarried and your own amount is less than what you would receive from his.
I believe the amount from his will be 1/2 of his total but Social Security benefits are changing all the time so you will need to go to your local office for the "truth".
I would carry divorce papers and you will need the date of marriage also - carry your wedding certificate if you have it. They should have the date you changed your last name on record with other information.
When I was 2 years old my father passed away from cancer and my mother didn't take care of me. In fact she was and still is a drug addict. Is it possible to apply for benefits after 14 years because I had no way of applying myself at the age of 2.
By Cheyenne P. from Flint, Mi
I don't have any advice, I just want to add my sympathy that you have had it so hard. I hope you hang in there and use all your god given talents to be a good person and realise your potential.
My daughter has been receiving Social Security benefits from her father's death. She has since had a child of her own, which I now have guardianship of. If I end up adopting my grandchild, will she be able to receive her grandfather's Social Security as well?
By Teresa F.
Hi - You did not give the age of your daughter so there will be questions asked - are you still receiving benefits for your daughter? Does she still live with you? Does she receive the checks?
I believe that I read somewhere that something like that could be considered fraud.. Not sure but you should be able to get the answer to your questions at the SS office. Best to start there.
My ex husband died leaving 2 children in college, age 19 and 20. Are they eligible for any benefits?
By Suzette M from Lynn, MA
Yes. Call the local Social Security office or go there and sign them up. Call first to see what documentation they will need you to bring.
My son's father passed away at the age of 21. He really was so young and didn't work enough or pay into SSI enough. Is my son entitled to anything since his father was so young when he passed away?
My daughter's father also passed away at the age of 21. I checked to see if she could get ssi or survivor's benefits. I could not because he didn't have enough work credits yet. However, this was back in 1981 when I applied. Rules may have changed since then. I would suggest that you go ahead and apply. The worse thing that can happen is that they say no.
I have been receiving a SSI check due to my father since I was 6. Now I'm 16 and ready to get a job. If I apply for a job will I lose my SSI check?
By M.I.C from Adairsville, GA
Once you turn 18 the check will be cut off or if you are disabled, the check will continue.
I'm 18 years old and plan on moving out of my mother's house. I recently got my Social Security check back from my father's death. My mother tells me that since I am still a student in school I still receive it, but on the other hand she tells me if I move out I won't receive it anymore. When I move out I'm still going to be a student. Shouldn't I still be able to receive my SS check if I'm living on my own and still in school because I'm 18 and the check is in my name. If I move out and she receives the check without me being there would that be considered fraud? How would I go about receiving the check on my own? Please help. I need answers.
By Christina V. from Avon, IN
Discuss this with your local social security office.
When my husband passed my son and daughter and I were receiving survivor benefits; a set amount for the three of us. Then my son turned 16 and they stopped my widow's benefits and split the same amount between my two kids. Now my daughter has graduated and my son is left with only half the entitlement. Is that right or do I need to talk to the SS administration?
By latimore-carson from SC
Talking to you Social Security Office would be the best thing to do.
My dad passed away when I was 11. I'm now 21. I received SS checks, but my mom always put them in her bank account. I think she only should have gotten a portion of it, not all. I would never try to take my mother to court, but I've always wondered if this was ever fair?
The money was for your Mom to raise you.
My father died when I was 6 years old and my mother died when I was 12. I then moved with my aunt and she became my legal guardian. I was told she would receive money for us until we turned 18. I am now 18 years old and I'm in college and I'm wondering when will I begin receiving the money.
I would check with Social Security office, but I'm afraid that once you are an "adult" you stop getting any benefits unless you are somehow disabled... Good luck!
I know you get it until you're twenty if you stay in school. If I move out will I still draw it?
My daughter is receiving survivor benefits. We live in PA, I was told by the social security office that benefits will end when she graduates high school or turns 19, which ever comes first. Child support has the same rule.
My husband died 4 years ago. We had two biological children that receive benefits. My youngest daughter was not his biological child, but he signed her birth certificate and was the only father she knew. She was denied benefits, why?
Talk to your local Social Security Office.
My daughter is 19 now, her dad passed away when she was 17 and she got benefits for a year and a half. She was told when she turned 19 or graduated from high school she would not be eligible anymore. Are there any benefits she can apply for since she is going to college now?
Visit your Social Security office (better than phone) because the age limit has been changed. Be prepared with all documents or you may have to make a second trip.
When one child turns 18 and loses his SSDB, does the other child get his portion? My son turned 18, my daughter is 5; will she get his portion of their father's death benefit?
By Cindy S.10/31/2013
Yes, that is true. The benefit amount is the same no matter how many children. When one child turns 18, the other will receive his money.
My son's dad passed away Aug. 15, 2011. I didn't file for benefits when he passed away because he wasn't on the birth certificate. Now that my son sees his family more often they keep pushing me to file for benefits. They said they are willing to write a letter stating he is the father. My question is: is it too late to file for benefits?
A friend of the family says he'll get backpay from when his dad passed away, is that true?
My friend has 3 children. After the 3rd child was born, the mother passed away. The children started receiving SSI benefits. He is about to get remarried and she wants to adopt the children. Will the children still receive SSI if she adopts them?
The only way anybody gets SSI benefits is if they are disabled. These kids might be getting survivor's benefits. Your friend should talk to the local Social Security Office.
My wife passed away a little over a month ago; she was disabled. I applied for death benefits for my children right away. How long from the application does it take to start receiving money for them?
Was it approved? My children received theirs the following month. When we applied, the lady at the office told us the date, and that was when it came.
My son is 15 and he lives at home with me, his father. His mother just passed away the 21st. What I want to know is two things. She had been trying to get disability and they were just about to go to court. I called her lawyer and he said that there are different types of disability cases and that even if she has passed they will still have court and that the kids would get her back pay. The other two are 19 and 21. My next question is can I apply for survivors' benefits being she hadn't worked the last few years? Thanks. Lost Dad
Hello and I am sure the Thrifty community wish you and your family many blessings in this sad time in your life.
It does seem that your wife's attorney would answer some of your questions but if not (or you just want more info) you should go in person to your local Social Security office. Be sure to have all of your information with you so maybe one trip will suffice.
I do not believe you will receive any benefit (other than "burial" benefit) but your one or more of your children may be eligible. Age is a big factor here so the SS office is the best place to get your "real" answers as all cases are different and depend on many factors.
I believe the death of your wife will probably cancel the disability case as those benefits would have been for her but I really have never dealt with a case like this.
Maybe when you have some answers you could post your case here again?