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Eligibility for Social Security Survivor Benefits

My ex son-in-law just passed away (51 yrs old always worked). He left behind three boys (10 yr old twins and an 8 yr old brother plus my daughter his recent ex). The boys were born in Alabama and still reside there with my daughter. She has an upcoming meeting with Social Security. Do you have any idea what she will get per child and does she qualify for benefits? Thank you.


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March 16, 20171 found this helpful

The boys will qualify for survivor benefits. She can get half of the social security he would have gotten if he had lived. I can't give you the exact amount because that depends on how many years he worked.

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March 17, 20171 found this helpful

If she has remarried before his death, she will not get anything, but the children still will. (However, the children's money is sent to her in her name) The amount is divided among the 3 children. But, it only pays up to a certain amount. When the older 2 drop off, the younger childs amount may increase.

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March 18, 20171 found this helpful

Social Security benefits can only be determined by SS based on how long he worked and the amount of money he made - no one would have any idea as to what the benefit amount would be. Once she has had her meeting then she will be notified as to how much will be paid for the children and whether she qualifies for any payment. It will be up to her discretion as to who she discloses this information to.

Benefits for the children are paid for their total care and will be paid/sent to your daughter - but she will have to complete forms at different times disclosing how money was used. Benefits to children will be paid until they finish high school or drop-out of school but nothing will be paid after they reach 19 years of age.


If your daughter qualifies for benefits then her benefit will only be paid until the children reach a certain age (this age is not always the same for every recipient and only SS can make that decision) as this benefit is generally paid for care of a child that is not old enough to be left alone.

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