Social Security Survivor Benefits and Teens?

My husband passed and my 2 sons and I have been receiving the benefits! Both are in school, a 16 and 17 year old. As soon as the youngest turned 16 they sent me a letter saying that he will no longer receive benefits as he doesn't need care as a child! I do not understand.

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By Andreia from Costa Mesa, CA

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March 26, 20140 found this helpful

Does the 17 year old still receive benefits? I have heard of this happening in other cases. You are going to have to take to your local SS Office. Actually the letter should have given you more of a reason and I bet the letter also said you can appeal the decision. They are probably going on the fact that a 16 year old is old enough to stay home alone while you work. Actually I think in most states that age is something like 12-13 years.

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March 31, 20140 found this helpful

I believe the law still states that a child can receive Social Security Benefits until they are aged 26 if they are a full-time student. It is important for your children to remain in school full-time regardless of whether or not they need to work part time.

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The Social Security Administration has a toll free number for you to call and ask questions. I urge you to do that. Otherwise, phone your local Social Security office in the town where you live. That number will be in the phone book.

Warm wishes for the best of what life has to offer.
Carol in PA

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March 31, 20140 found this helpful

Social Security is supposed to have the same rules for everyone but many times you will get different answers when it "appears" the facts are the same. I believe your letter may have stated that your benefits would cease due to the age of the child - this does happen.

The very best thing that you can do is gather your information and make an appointment with your local SS office - as soon as possible. They will have the answers to your questions.

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March 31, 20140 found this helpful

Benefits usually last until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school. Maybe they misread the child's age or had it posted incorrectly. Call to get the info verified or corrected.

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