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    Can Disabled Individuals’ Family Members Qualify for SSDI Benefits?

    By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on September 20, 2022 | In Disability Insurance

    Can Disabled Individuals’ Family Members Qualify for SSDI Benefits?

    It is common knowledge that an individual who is disabled and unable to work may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. However, it is less often known that a disabled person’s family members could also be entitled to benefits.

    Are family members eligible for SSDI benefits?

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) understands that when a health-related problem prevents an individual from performing their job-related tasks, they are not the only ones impacted by the situation. Often, family members experience the burden of lost household income as well. In such circumstances, they may be eligible as dependents for the SSDI compensation that an individual with a disability receives.

    Does the size of the family matter for disability benefits?

    The SSA states that family size will not determine a person’s disability benefits. Still, the family’s benefits will be determined based on an individual’s SSDI benefits. Although SSDI benefits do not equal what a person makes while working, such benefits are very important for families. The SSA recognizes that the cost of supporting a family is not feasible solely on SSDI benefits, which is why family members are eligible.

    Eligible Family Members for SSDI

    Family members could receive a percentage of your SSDI benefits. It won’t reduce the number of monthly benefits you receive. Family members who may be eligible include:

    • Spouse

    A spouse who is parenting your dependent child may be eligible to receive benefits. If they are not responsible for a child but have reached at least 62 years of age, they may be eligible for benefits depending on your financial record. If they are eligible for greater benefits on their own, compensation payments from your account may be denied.

    • Ex-spouse

    If you were in a lawful marriage with your ex-spouse for ten years or more, they might be eligible to receive compensation from your claim if they are 62 years or older and are not married. Your current relationship status has no bearing on your ex’s qualifications, and contributions to them do not affect your benefits.

    • Step, Biological, Adopted, and Grand Children

    If you are eligible for SSDI, your dependent child, adopted child, or eligible grandchild may be entitled to a share of your payments. If a person is aged 18 or older and has a handicap, they may be entitled to benefits if the disease begins before age 22. The child should not be married. If in high school, they should not be a high school graduate or 19 years or older.

    There is a limit to how much your family members can receive. Each family member may qualify for a periodic benefit of up to half of your social security disability amount. This allowance can be difficult to calculate.

    The Kenton Koszdin Law OfficeSocial Security attorneys in Van Nuys, is available to answer your inquiries and assist you in determining your eligibility for financial assistance. We have recently relocated to 16461 Sherman Way, #161 Van Nuys, CA 91406. Call 800-438-7734 for your initial free consultation in our office or from the comfort of your home.

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