Applying for Social Security Survivor Benefits?

The mother of my kids died recently in January and we would share custody. I have the kids now and in order to get benefits for the kids they're asking for proof that they live with me. What would or could be considered that they live with me?

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June 6, 20170 found this helpful
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Social Security would need official papers so it would need to be something like Judy said - papers from the school showing their current address. Did the children change schools when they came to live with you? If so, did you apply for transfer papers to the new school? If so, these would also confirm the new address.
Their new address should be the same address that is on your current drivers license. Also, you should also be changing their address with Social Security so that would be something else.
That may be all that you need but I cannot help but wonder why you have waited so long before applying for benefits.
Be sure that you ask any questions you are wondering about while you are completing the paperwork at SS.

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Such as what kind of records do you have to keep concerning the benefits paid to you for their care and what exactly is considered an expense where the child is concerned. They do have some pamphlets that explain some of these things but you might want to ask anyway.

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June 6, 20170 found this helpful

Get a letter from their school showing that they live with you.

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June 7, 20170 found this helpful

So far I've read very good answers for you, Ill add my 2 bits.. One good place to find out what is an acceptable proof of address is from the Social Security directly. You can probably find the answer on their website or If you would want to call the office before you go in and ask, they will probably be able to answer that and any other question you have regarding your situation.

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