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I was recently approved for SSDI benefits in Northern California and hear that some of my family may qualify for support as dependents. Could you explain more?


Absolutely. You’ve heard about dependents’ benefits, also known as auxiliary benefits. The types of SSDI auxiliary benefits available to family members depend on their situations and relationship to you.

When a person with disabilities qualifies for disability benefits through Social Security, the following family members may also be able to obtain support:

  • Spouse who is 62 years of age or older.
  • Spouse who is caring for a child younger than 16 and also eligible for SSDI auxiliary benefits.
  • Ex-spouse who has not remarried, where the marriage lasted ten or more years.
  • Unmarried children younger than 18 years of age.
  • Children younger than 19 years of age who have not yet graduated high school and are attending school full-time.
  • Children with disabilities who can demonstrate their disabilities occurred prior to age 22.
  • Grandchildren, when their parents are disabled or deceased, the grandchild started living with the claimant before turning 18, and the grandparent was responsible for at least half of the child’s support in the year before qualifying for disability benefits.
  • Adopted grandchildren.
  • Parents of a deceased SSDI claimant who were receiving at least half of their income from the claimant, are at least 62 years of age, have not remarried since child’s death, and aren’t eligible for a larger benefit themselves.

Speak with a North Valley SSDI attorney to learn more. Call the Ledgerwood Law Group at 888-761-7383 today.