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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Puerto Rico on
Q: Do I have legal ownership of my social sec number, passport and birth certificate at 18 years old in Puerto Rico?

My mother threw me out a year and a half ago just as I had turned 17. I’ve been living with my grandparents ever since in the same town and turned 18 last November. My mother refuses to give me my legal documents, even though I’m of legal age. My passport is also the only form of identification... Read more »

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Jun 17, 2019

Hello and thank you for using JUSTIA. The legal age in Puerto Rico is 21 not 18. However, since the passport and social security are federal government issued documents you do have the right to get copies of said documents from these agencias. You can also attempt to get emancipated from your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Social Security for Puerto Rico on
Q: Injustice. I live in Puerto Rico and my daughter also and my SS won't pay for her until she is 21.

Why does the SS administration not pay until she is 21 if the Puerto Rico law states that anyone under 21 is still considered a minor and that child support has to be paid until the age of 21 years old? I'm confused and feel it is not fair. Thanx.

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on May 22, 2019

Hello and thank you for using JUSTIA. The Social Security program is a federal program and uses the age of 18 as the age of majority. In 48 States the age of majority is reached at age 18. This age of 18 is considered the age of majority due to the fact that this is the age that one can vote.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Social Security for Puerto Rico on
Q: Will my Social Security benefits help me pay child support while my daughter attends college in Puerto Rico.

I will be retiring soon at the age of 62 and my daughter is 17 and will be attending college soon. I will only be getting $700 a month and I pay $150 a month for child support.

Do I have to pay child support thru ASUME while she is in college?

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on May 16, 2019

Hello and thank you for using JUSTIA. Social security benefits for a dependant are only available up to the age of 18. After said age your daughter will not receive any benefit from your Social Security. You may want to check out the student grants and/or loans that are available for the student.

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Puerto Rico on
Q: Am i entitled to my husbands social security
Jerry Lutkenhaus
Jerry Lutkenhaus answered on Feb 19, 2012

If your husband is deceased an you are over 60, you can apply for survivorship benefits. If your husband is deceased and you are between 50 and 60 you can apply for disabled widow's benefits.

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