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First of all, I would like to apologize for any confusion that you may have had regarding this issue.
I hate to add further to that confusion, but you are right - the benefits for your stepchild will stop when you divorce their parent.
Benefits for children continue even after divorce, but step children are different. SS looks at this as if it is not your biological child, so you have no obligation to support the child after divorce. As such, the benefits stop
I"m truly sorry that you were told otherwise.
Did you have any further questions?
That's okay. Thanks for clearing this up.
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