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Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney
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I receive SSI ck gr-granddau. 16 yrs old she wants to move

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I receive SSI ck for my gr-granddau. 16 yrs old she wants to move in with her new boyfriend ( he is not working-lives with his mother) do I still control her SSI ck. I am her gr-grandmother/guardian
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 year ago.

You say SSI - a child only receives SSI if she is disabled under SS rules. Do you mean she gets a Social Security check based on a parent's work record ? (That parent being disabled, retired or dead.)?

If you are her representative payee, you must continue to control her check and use it to pay her living expenses, whereever she lives, until such time as the SSA changes her RP to another adult or to her if they think she capable. That said, if she moves, you likely can not use part of her check to pay her share of the rent or mortgage any longer, nor on food, since she will no longer be using that as her shelter. If her boyfriend's mother charges rent (I would, under such circumstances), you would likely pay that rent bill for your GD. If she has no bills where she is going, I'd put the money into a dedicated savings account for her, because eventually it will have to go to her. So, essentially, as long as you continue to be her RP, you need to control that money for her, be it saving it because you no longer have to provide her shelter and food, or, if you don't want to be her RP, going to SSA and asking that they appoint a commercial / institutional RP since your GD is no longer in your care.

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