Eligibility for Social Security Survivor Benefits

My daughter's father died and she receives death benefits. I was wondering if she will still receive them if my new husband adopts her?

By Cyndie from Boone, IA


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March 6, 20150 found this helpful
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Get correct answers at your Social Security office. Very easy to do but may entail a short/long wait - sometimes you can call and make an appointment but still may have a "wait".

I believe that if your daughter is adopted by your present husband her legal status will change and she will no longer be eligible for benefits from her "former/biological" father.

Rules change in all government services so please get your answers from the SS office so you can make an informed choice as to whether this is a good idea. I believe you really need to think about why/reasons you want to do this. Maybe discuss this with a representative of the family services division in your city as there may be other ways to accomplish your "reasons".

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March 22, 20150 found this helpful
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If you are recieving survivor benefits on behalf of a child and your child is adopted by your new husband, your child will continue to be illegible for the same benefits. You'll just need to update their record with the SSA.


I have three daughters, whose father passed away. We recieved survivors benefits. I remarried and my current husband legally adopted my daughters. I notified the SSA, we changed their names on record, and we continued to receive benefits until they all turned 18. Hope this helps!

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March 4, 20150 found this helpful

The only source for an answer to your question is the Social Security Office.

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