Children who depend on someone who is a SSDI recipient may also be eligible for benefits. Approximately 4.4 million children currently receive more than $2.5 billion each month because one or both of their parents are eligible for benefits.
Your eligible child can be your biological child, adopted child, stepchild or dependent grandchild under certain circumstances. To receive benefits, the child must be unmarried and be:
Under age 18; or
18-19 years old and a full-time student (no higher than grade 12); or
18 or older and have a disability that started before age 22.
In order to apply for benefits for your child, you will need your child’s birth certificate and both your and your child’s Social Security numbers. Unless the child is disabled, benefits stop when child reaches age 18 (or 19 if still in high school.)
The amount your child will receive depends upon the parents monthly benefit amount. Each child may receive up to one-half of the parent’s full monthly disability amount. There is a limit to the amount of money each family may receive. The family limit is typically 150-180 percent of the parent’s total benefit. If the disabled parent passes away, the child will still receive his or her benefits until they are no longer eligible (same as above eligibility).
Worrying about how you’re going to take care of child is something no parent should be forced with facing. At Grech Law Firm, we understand, and we don’t get paid until you get the results you’re looking for. Our Social Security disability lawyers specialize in both SSI and SSD. From application to appeal, we are by your side every step of the way. Call 586-203-3125 to get started or schedule a free consultation today to get the benefits you and your child deserve.