If You get Disability Benefits in Texas, will Your Dependents get a Check?

If a person is approved for Social Security Disability benefits in Texas, there may be some money available for dependents (i.e. spouse and children). However, there is no guarantee that there will be any money left for dependents after your spouse's disability benefit is paid.

Social Security bases an individual's amount upon their earnings. They set an amount that is payable to the disabled individual known the PIA (primary insurance amount) and a FMAX (family maximum) that is a total amount payable on the disabled person's record.

If the PIA and the FMAX are the same amount, then there is no money payable to dependents. Generally, this occurs if an individual has not earned that much prior to becoming disabled. However, if there is additional money payable after paying the disabled individual it will be among dependents.

Without becoming too technical, dependents are each entitled to half of what the disabled individual's PIA is if there is enough remaining money on the record. If Social Security cannot pay everyone half of the PIA amount, they will divide the remaining money on the record equally.

If you apply for spouse with children-in-care benefits, your benefits would be affected by your yearly earnings and they would end when your youngest child reaches the age of sixteen. Dependent children's benefits terminate when the child is 18 or 19 if they are still in high school.

If your husband is approved for disability benefits you will have to file a claim for you and/or your children. Social Security should contact you to file claims for you and/or your children, however that could take some time.

If you do not hear from Social Security within a reasonable amount of time, you should call your local office a schedule an appointment to file for your benefits.

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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