As you recall, under social security disability, there is a child/family benefit due. Not always, but often, yes.
If the family/child benefit is $1200 per month and I have 3 dependants, then the 3 dependants equally share the $1200, thus $400 each. Typically, yes, barring an exception.
Anyways, my situation of course is the back pay that is owed to the family/children. Whenever I telephone social security, they ask if the children live with me. My 2 sons form my first marriage live with me at least 1/2 the week and I have shared parenting. One of these 2 sons is 17 years old and his mother and I recently had the courts change his custody to 100% me. We did this as this may help him qualify for student loans as he goes to a 4 year college next August of 2012...he may even become a lawyer as his reading comprehension is consistently a '32' on his ACT.
I also have a 3rd son from a 2nd marriage. I have shared parenmting with him too, however, his mom is the resident parent for school distrect, etc. He is on her tax return as a dependant too.
Social Security said on the telephne that they are not going to cross reference my sons social secuirty numbers with my tax rerurn.
Anyways, my 3rd son lives with me at least half of the summer time, but then during the school year its every other weekend, etc.
Anyhow Alexia, I am due SSDI benefits all the way back to June of 2007 ! I just received my first monthly check for about $2,000
Social Security said to allow up to 45 days for my back pay to come.
I am owed about $100,000 in back pay. I did ( I believe) qualify for the maximum in SSDI benefits.
Alexia, weather I have 1 child or 3 children, there should be about $1,000 in additional family/child benefits to be recieved for the children/family. I calculated about $60,000 is due in back pay for the child/family benefit. If I was to only telephone in to SSDI one of my sons, the $60,000 back pay check will still be equally divided among my 3 sons bank accounts. Shouldn't be, should be to the Payee Rep(s) for the children.
Geez, I even have a 13 year old step-daughter but she already receives SSD because her bilogical father passed away suddenly a few years of a heart attack.
I was also married more than 10 years to my first wife, so she is entitled as well. I guess what I am saying is that my ex-wife, my step-daughter and 3 sons are all eligible to share the $1,000 in family/child monthly benefits and the back pay. The ex wife's take if she is even eligible, should not effect the children. My wife and I (3rd wife, sorry...and I am Catholic, but its explainable No need, 3's a charm, I hear :)
)are not really interested in adding the step daughter to my benefits First, this is not a choice - if she is eligible, she is eligible. If she is a dependent of YOURS. That is not your decision to make, and I'd be concerned that if you were not honest on your application for aux. benefits, you may personally be held liable to that person who got screwed out of her benefits years later, and have to come up with it yourself. Then of course, fraud in purposely misrepresenting could land you in a criminal case as a defendant. Really - don't play with it, is my suggestion. and my first wife whom I was married for over 10 years is really one of my best friends (love that!) and she is not interested in these funds. First, would she even be eligible? She has to have relativel ylow income AND she has to apply. She can just not apply.
She has a masters degree and is a life time educator to be commended type person. The issue is my 2nd ex-wife and our 11 year old son. I recall :)
I suppose I can say to SSDI that YES All of my sons live with me and nothing more. Although I will be required to provide thier (the 3 sons) social security numbers to SSDI, I beleive the family benfit/child check or direct deposit will be made into my name and my account as I am the custodial parent. Likely, if you tell them they live with you.
Afer speaking to SSDI on the phone about the 3 sons, it is possible they may request I go downtown to discuss in persons the 3 children..Particularly if you are to be the Payee Rep.
.I am not sure if they would ever want a birth certificate that shows my name as the father, and of course I have all 3 birth certificates. I am not sure if SSDI would want to review a divorce decree and try to see if I am the resident parent to my 11 year old son, despite having shared parenting with him ? Not necessarily. They may only inquire if the Ex jumps in.
Actually, that would make things easy for me, if they just want birth certificates. You can give it a shot. Just make sure not to lie. For instance, if they say, does your child live with you, "Yes, we have shared parenting" since the child does live with you at times, and other times with the ex. But if they say, does the child live with you 1/2 of the year, or, do you have residential custody, that may be a bit more tenuous.
And finally, last question...Alexia, since I just received my first monthly disabilty check and disabilty has told me on the phone to be expecting the $100,000 in back pay withing 45 days, I am best off not calling them to add the children at this time as that may very well delay my $100,000 check. Not typically no. In fact, one client of mine is suffering an inexplicable delay in her back benefits, although her children have received theirs asap. I do not want to add more irons to the fire as to cause further delays. The SSA really should be contacting you about the children, in any event - although they do screw up sometimes.
Thank you...and I will tip you :) Thank you. You are kind.