Receiving Social Security Survivor Benefits

I wanted to know if someone can help me with this? My children get survivors' benefits due to their father's death, but I want to change their last name to my last name. Will that affect them in any way or affect their benefits?


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April 29, 20190 found this helpful

It should not. I would call social security and tell them about the name change. You will have to bring documentation to prove that.

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May 1, 20190 found this helpful

You should investigate this through Social Security first and then decide if you wish to consult an attorney about the name change.

Will this affect them in any way? Probably more than anyone can image.

I believe the reason you wish to change their last name may have to be considered as sometimes children (later in life) resent the change.

This can also be complicated for the children later in life as their birth certificate will have one name and they will be using another name (legal but complicated). Birth certificates are necessary for all sorts of things (school, passport, driver's license, marriage, etc.) which would require legal papers of name change along with the birth certificate.


Have you consulted an attorney about the name change?
This would have to be a done through the court and a judge would have to be given all of the facts/circumstances about why you wish to change their names. The judge would have to make the final decision and they may consider the ages of the children and if the children are still very young they may decide that you should wait until the children are old enough to have a say in whether they wish to retain their father's name.

If the judge approves of the name change (not adoption) then it may not affect the children's survivor benefits.

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