Social Security Disability Benefits May Also Help Your FamilyBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on July 25, 2012 | In Social Security Disability
If you’ve been disabled due to an accident, illness, or other event, you may be aware that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments can help you cover necessary bills even though you are no longer able to work. However, you may not know that SSDI payments can also help support your spouse and/or children.
If you’re disabled and you have a spouse aged 62 or older who doesn’t receive more Social Security benefits than you do, your spouse may qualify to receive a certain amount of SSDI benefits along with you. A spouse of any age who cares for your child under age 16 or who is also disabled may also qualify for benefits.
Ex-spouses may also qualify for benefits based on your work record, if the marriage lasted 10 years or more and other specific requirements are met. However, if your ex-spouse receives benefits under his or her own name, that will not affect your ability to receive benefits under your own name and work record.
Likewise, if you are disabled and you have children, your children may qualify for SSDI benefits under your name. These children must be unmarried, and be either under age 18 or under age 20 but also in school. A child who is disabled before age 22 may qualify for SSDI benefits under his or her own name, even if he or she has never paid into Social Security.
An experienced Social Security Disability benefits attorney in Ventura County like those at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help you navigate the maze of applying for and receiving the benefits you need. To learn more, call us today at (800) 438-7734.