Social Security Disability, children dependent benefits, and Marital Status
"Mr Moore, Good day, my question is "How does whether or not your children live with you affect dependent child benefits"?
To shed a little more light on my case:
I was diagnosed with renal disease in 2000, I applied for SSD in 2011 which was denied. I appealed and that was denied also. The case is now before the ALJ for a disability hearing. date. Since then I have been on dialysis and have recently been transplanted.
My understanding is that when a person starts dialysis that automatically qualifies for SSD going forward, is that the case? When I first applied for disability, I was living in Stamford, CT. with my wife and my two (2) minor children. It was proving impossible to get a seat at a dialysis center in or close to Stamford but I was able to get a seat in Milford, where my sister lives. It was easier to stay in Milford with my sister especially since I had to be on the machine three (3) times a week, and her schedule was much more flexible than my wife's. Milford is also closer to New Haven, CT where I have to now see the doctors twice a week. I am wondering if I should change the address on file as I am now in Milford much more than I'm in Stamford. The kids split their time between Milford and Stamford depending on my wife's schedule.
Thanks for your time and advice on SSD as it can be quite complicated."
I am not sure that it matters which address you give Social Security in your case. You living in the household your children are residing in is of no consequence; they are entitled to benefits when you are entitled. It seems that you and your wife are still married and are just living in separate areas due to you condition. Again, it does no matter even if you are divorced. Marital status does not affect benefits payable to your dependents.
On another note, I do think that you or your representative should send proof to the hearings office that you were on dialysis and that you have had a transplant as this most definitely would cause you disability case to be dealt with sooner.
About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.
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