Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Disability Denials and Filing Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Back Pay and the disability award notice
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
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How do I file for my children and spouse if I am Receiving SSDI?
"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: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
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