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The check is issued to your son - and because he is a minor - the money are sent to the custodian parent.
If your son is in custody of his aunt - you may contact the SSA and ask that the SSA check with be issued to his aunt as the custodian.
To get benefits, a child must have:• A parent(s) who is disabled or retired and entitled to Social Security benefits; or• A parent who died after having worked long enough in a job where he or she paid Social Security taxes.The child also must be:• Unmarried;• Younger than age 18;• 18-19 years old and a full-time student (no higher than grade 12); or• 18 or older and disabled. (The disability must have started before age 22.)
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