Marriage and Survivor Benefits

I've been receiving survivor benefits since I was 12 years old. I am now 26. I am planning to get married, and start my own family in the very near future. I was wondering if I would lose my benefits if I became pregnant or got married.

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By Nicole T.

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December 9, 20140 found this helpful

Why are you still receiving survivor's benefits? I thought they were only for spouses and minor children of the deceased. I do know that adult children that have certain types of disabilities are also eligible for these benefits. Being you didn't mention that you are disabled, why haven't these benefits stopped? Most people receive them until they turn 18 or graduate from high school. I have even heard of some minors losing their benefits before they graduate. Something is fishy here.

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December 11, 20140 found this helpful

You should pay a visit to your Social Security office to receive correct answers.

It will depend on what type of "survivor" benefits you receive as to whether they will stop or be changed. It is for sure that we do not have all the facts about your present benefit situation. I am sure someone (guardian) started the benefit process as you were only 12 years old at the beginning.

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Does the benefit check still go to your guardian or has it been changed to your name only?

Please remember this; not notifying the Social Security office of any changes in your life (health, school, marriage, divorce, sometimes income change, etc.) is considered fraud and one can receive severe punishment when "caught" - punishment over and above having to repay all the money involved - this also includes food stamp fraud.

As mentioned by another responder - we do not have the facts so your question brings up many more questions - this just means that you need to go to the SS office so you know that everything is done properly (legally).

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