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Disabled Child's Benefits  

Ordinarily, benefits paid to a child of an SSD recipient end where the child reaches age 18, or age 19 if the child is enrolled as a full-time elementary or high school student.  

However, the Social Security Act provides for the payment of benefits to a disabled adult child whose parent is receiving SSD or died fully and currently insured for Social Security purposes.   The basic requirements for entitlement are:

  • The child's disability must have started before age 22
  • The child must be unmarried

The standards for proving disability for purposes of obtaining disabled adult children's benefits are the same as those for ordinary wage earners.  

Benefits paid to disabled adult children are based on the earnings record of the parent, and are a percentage of the parent's basic benefit amount. Benefits terminate when the child's disability ends or when the child marries except that marriage does not terminate benefits if the child's spouse is over age 18 (or age 19 if a full-time elementary or high school student) and receives a separate Social Security benefit.

Disabled Adult Children's Benefits
Dependents' Benefits
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Disabled Adult Children's Benefits
Supplemental Security Income
Long-Term Disability Insurance Benefits
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