SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
Social Security Disability and SSI Questions and Answers
What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Social Security Disability SSI and Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
More questions about SSD and SSI
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
How do I file for my children and spouse if I am Receiving SSDI?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
"I have been receiving SSDI for a few years and have just become aware that my wife and children are eligible to receive benefits and checks as well. How would i go about claiming my wife and children? Please any help would greatly be appreciated.
You should contact your local Social Security office to file for your spouse and children. If your spouse is working , she may not be entitled to any dependent benefits depending on her earnings. Additionally, your spouse's benefits would terminate when the youngest child turns 16.
However, your children are entitled if they are under the age of 18 pr 19 if they are still in high school. I am guessing that you were not married or that you had no children at the time you filed and were approved. Social Security always protects children when they take an application if they are minors. There is a very good chance your children may be able to have twelve months of retroactive benefits.
What your dependents will receive depend on your record's family maximum. If there is money left on your record after paying your monthly benefits, it will be divided between your dependents.
If there is not much left on your record, their benefits will be small; if there is nothing left they will receive no monetary benefit.; or there may be a large amount payable for your dependents. You will not know until you file for auxillary claims for your children and/or spouse (your spouse should come to the appointment as well because she would have to file her own claim).
Return to: SSDRC, or the Social Security Disability Questions page