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When a parent receives disability benefits, can the children receive benefits?

"My ex-husband is on permanent disablity and recieving benefits after losing his leg on the job. Our two minor daughters live with me. Am I eligible to file for benefits on their behalf?"

Generally, disabled Social Security beneficiaries have some money that can be paid to their dependents. If your ex-husband had average earnings prior to becoming disabled your minor daughters are likely to be eligible for monthly dependent child benefits. If your ex-husband did not work much or not at all, there may be no benefits payable for dependents.

Additionally, if your husband is entitled to Supplemental Security Income disability rather than Social Security disability, there are no benefits payable for dependents, including children.

As a side note, your daughters potential dependent benefits could be affected if your ex-husband is receiving workman’s compensation benefits or he has received a workman’s compensation settlement. I thought I should mention this issue because you stated that he lost his leg on the job.

I would suggest you contact your local Social Security office to schedule an appointment for your daughters.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

How does a child become eligible to get disability?
Applying for disability for a child
Children and eligiblity for disability
If I get disability, will my kids get benefits?
The chances of winning with a Social Security disability judge

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria