The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program provides income benefits to workers who are unable to continue with employment due to a disabling condition. The SSDI program also frequently supplies benefits to the spouses and children of qualifying applicants as well. Former spouses may also be eligible for SSDI benefits.
To qualify for dependent benefits, it is essential to establish the individual eligibility of a disabled worker, their spouse, and their children. Many claimant’s find it helpful to work with a well-versed legal advocate when applying or appealing an application for Milton SSDI benefits for children and spouse.
When a worker qualifies to receive SSDI benefits, their children may also be entitled to benefits as long as they meet certain eligibility requirements based on age or disability. Children under the age of 18 automatically qualify for dependent benefits. Full-time students still attending high school may receive benefits until they either graduate or until they reach the age of 19 and two months – whichever occurs first.
Milton SSDI benefits are also available to older children who become disabled before the age of 22. They would receive what is considered a “child’s” benefit even in adulthood because the payments are based on their parent’s income. In some cases, stepchildren and grandchildren may also receive derivative SSDI benefits.
To qualify for SSDI benefits based on their partner’s eligibility, a spouse must either be at least 62 years old or actively caring for the recipient’s child who is disabled or under the age of 16. Divorced spouses who were previously married for at least ten years may also receive Milton SSDI benefits if they have not remarried and are at least 62 years old.
Widows and widowers of disabled workers may qualify for SSDI benefits on their spouse’s employment record if they are also disabled and between the ages of 50 and 60. Once a widow or widower reaches age 60, they qualify for retirement benefits on the worker’s earnings record.
The number of family members receiving Milton SSDI benefits for children and spouses could limit the amount each party receives, because the SSA places a cap on total compensation paid to one family. However, anything paid to divorced spouses would not be included in the family limit.
Children and spouses may be eligible to receive an amount equal to half of the disabled worker’s benefits. It follows that if there are more than three family members seeking children and spousal SSDI benefits, the percentage they receive may be less than half of the worker’s disability compensation. This reduction in benefits only applies to the amount paid to children and spouses and does not affect that which is paid to the disabled worker.
Those seeking Milton SSDI benefits for children and spouses may apply in person at a local SSA field office, online, or over the phone. It is generally advisable to schedule an appointment for phone or in-person applications.
Because spouses and children must demonstrate that they suffer from a qualifying disability before obtaining benefits in some cases, it is important to document qualifications carefully. Call a member of our team for help with this process.