SOCIAL SECURITY SPOTLIGHT: Filing for Retirement Benefits When You Have a Child Who is Disabled

Social Security Solutions, LLCIf you have a child who was disabled prior to age 22 and has never worked, you may want to consider starting your Social Security benefits at full retirement age or, in some cases, as early as age 62. The disabled child is eligible for half of your full retirement age benefit up to the family maximum.

For example, I recently had a client (born November 1952) who attained full retirement age in November 2018 (age 66). His full retirement age benefit was $2,858 per month starting November 2018. His child, who has been mentally and physically disabled since birth, would receive $1,429 per month, effective November 2018. The family maximum on his account was $4,500 per month, so his benefit ($2,858) plus the child’s benefit ($1,429) would be paid starting November 2018 ($51,444 per year). They would draw about $205,776 by age 70. The child’s benefit continues until his or her death.

This doesn’t work for everyone, but it is something to consider if you have a child who is disabled and you are approaching retirement age. For more information, contact me to discuss your situation.

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About Dennis Heywood

Denny’s career with Social Security provides an in-depth, working knowledge of the Social Security Administration’s internal organization and processes. An expert in all phases of SSA programs: retirement, survivor, disability, and Medicare, Denny has expertise with the complex Social Security regulations based on more than 40 years of experience.

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