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What are SSDI family benefits?

If you get disability benefits from Social Security in Georgia, then your family may also be able to get benefits. This is something you may not have known about but should get more information on so you can ensure you are getting the maximum benefits for your family. 

According to the Social Security Administration, your children, spouse and even a former spouse may be able to collect benefits, too. Your children may get benefits if they have a disability that started before age 22, are a minor or are 18 to 19 and a full-time student. 

Your spouse may get benefits if he or she is caring for your minor children or if he or she is over 62 and not collecting a higher amount of benefits from the SSA already. A former spouse who you were married to for at least 10 years may be eligible to collect benefits if he or she is not married and is at least 62 years old. He or she also cannot already be getting benefits that are higher than your benefits. 

The amount your spouse or former spouse receives depends greatly on what he or she is already receiving, if anything, from the SSA. In addition, it also depends on who else is receiving benefits under your account and the total family amount you are entitled to. For your children, they can get half the amount you get, but it also depends on the family limit and who else is getting benefits. This information is for education and is not legal advice.