Can my grandchild receive maintenance?
Can my grandchild receive maintenance?

Can my grandchild receive maintenance?

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In certain circumstances, Social Security can pay child support or survivor benefits to a grandchild – if the parents are dead or disabled, or if you have legally adopted the child.

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According to AARP, if you have not yet claimed benefits, you must prove that your grandchild started living with you before the age of 18 and that you provided at least half of their financial support for a year before the month in which you was entitled to social security pension or invalidity benefit.

If the baby is under a year old, prove that you have provided half of their financial support from birth. If the parents are still alive, they must not make regular financial contributions to their support.

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If you already received Social Security benefits when you started caring for your grandchild, you must adopt the child in order for it to charge benefits on your earnings, AARP added.

To learn more about what documents you may need to provide to prove your grandchild is eligible for benefits, you can contact Social Security through your online account, by phone at 800-772-1213 or by visiting your local Social Security office. Benefits for children and grandchildren can be found in the “Children and Families” section of the Social Security website.

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Social security offices are currently closed for walk-in visits due to the pandemic; However, AARP reported that you may be able to schedule a personal appointment for a critical issue. Since the beginning of the pandemic almost two years ago, almost all public services have only been available online, by phone and mail.

Social Security offices are set to reopen on March 30. The Social Security Administration and unions representing the agency’s workforce recently agreed to reopen more than 1,200 offices, The New York Times reported.

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