Highlands, TX asked in Social Security for Texas

Q: I have been receive survivor benefits for myself and 3 daughters since my husband's death. When do they stop?

Our oldest turns 16 soon, will we lose all our benefits? What about the younger two? All the kids are still in school, and not sure why it would affect the younger kids. Had a SSI office worker tell me all benefits stop when the oldest turns 16 and I don't understand why the younger kids would be affected by their sister getting older.

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Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer
  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Prattville, AL

A: As a widow who has not remarried and who is the primary caretaker for the deceased’s children under age 16, you should receive benefits until the youngest child reaches 16.

Each unmarried child of the deceased will get survivors benefits until they reach age 18 (or age 19 if the child is a full-time student in an elementary or secondary school).

You may want to consult with a Social Security attorney to discuss your particular situation.

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