Receiving Survivor's Benefits?

When my child turns 16 I guess I lose my survivor's benefits from my deceased husband. My question is will the money I have been receiving go to her added to what she already receives?


By Kimberly

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April 10, 20150 found this helpful

Only the Social Security Administration can answer your questions. You can find some information via their website but should have all of your questions answered by visiting their local office.

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April 12, 20150 found this helpful

You will have to visit your local SSA to find correct answers as almost all situations are a little different and will have different answers.

It may be a good idea to ask why you have been receiving benefits as you may have an incorrect idea as to why benefits were awarded to you. In my experience/knowledge - I have never heard of "survivors" benefits unless the survivor is old enough to draw SS benefits or they are disabled. This may need a better explanation as I could certainly be wrong.


Benefits from a deceased spouse are generally paid to a parent/guardian for care/support of a minor child. (Without a child there may not be any benefit available until retirement age or disability). The complete benefit is just that and should be used for that purpose. Of course, the parent is free to give the minor child part of the money received but it is not required.

Some Benefits may continue until the child is 19 (some changes have been made) if they are still in school (not college) or they are disabled. This does not mean the money/benefits have to go to the child unless the child is self-supporting and/or living by themselves.

All of this considered is the reason you should visit your SSA as soon as you can. Ask lots of questions.

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