Receiving Social Security Survivor Benefits

My 8 year old's father died when he was 3 and he has a half brother(different mom) who turns 19 in October. We live in Alabama and I work full time and still struggle to make ends meet. Will I get more Social Security for my son when his half brother no longer receives any benefits because he turns 19? And if so, do I need to apply for this or will I just get something in the mail informing me?

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September 4, 20190 found this helpful

You should go to your local SSA and ask this question.
They can give you correct answers and if there is an increase they can tell you how much it will be and when it will change.
If you are also receiving benefits then it may be possible there will be an increase as the benefits may have been divided so that would mean a difference but only the SSA can tell you the true facts.
Please, go to the SSA in person and receive correct information.

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September 4, 20190 found this helpful

You need to make an appointment with Social Security and bring the proper documentation.

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September 4, 20190 found this helpful

Call your local S S office! Only they can tell you if you can get an increase.

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Also ask if there is any other benefits that your family can take advantage of,Sometimes just asking about other avenues can lead to more help!!!

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September 5, 20190 found this helpful

So sad to hear of your child's loss. That must be so hard for him, and for you too.

Please call the Social Security office to get help on the money aspect:

1 (800) 772-1213 here is their toll free number.

Do you have an affordable health insurance for your child? Here is a link to get you started to get health insurance if needed:

www.benefits.gov/.../1210

Please check out this website and see if any of these services can help you:

www.singlemom.com/.../

There is no shame in taking advantage of programs to help you get ahead!! There is very good karma to taking help when needed and then when you are able, helping the next person in line get the help she needs.

You will be in my prayers that you can get solidly back on your feet! Post back with an update!

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September 5, 20190 found this helpful

If for some reason you can't go to your local SS office, here's something else you could do:

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If you have a Social Security question, Tom Margenau has the answer. Contact him at thomas.margenau@comcast.net.

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