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Can family members also receive a portion of SSD benefits?

Many Chattanooga residents may be wondering if other family members could also be eligible for social security benefits. Eligibility depends on a variety of factors, including need, medical condition, age and other factors deemed important by the Social Security Administration. Since the SSA is a federal program, it will affect all Chattanooga residents in the same way, based on federal regulations.

Since family members often rely on each other, there are situations where a defendant family member can become eligible for SSD benefits. These are in addition to the benefits a family member is receiving. Family members like spouses, children, ex-spouses and disabled children are all eligible. The SSA may ask for a marriage license, birth certificate or other documentation to prove the relationship of a family member when requesting benefits.

Many Chattanooga residents are not aware that a family member may be eligible for a monthly benefit of up to 50% of a family member's disability rate. However, there are limits per family to consider. The total depends on your benefit amount and the number of family members who also qualify on your record. The total varies, but generally the total amount you and your family can receive is about 150 to 180 percent of your disability benefit. This is if a family member qualifies based on a variety of factors.

Applying for social security disability benefits can be a complicated process, as some Chattanooga residents may already have experienced. However, it can be worth the effort as it can help you and your family when a disability has made it difficult to work. Earning income is part of living and if one is unable, this is what SSD benefits are for. It is good to make sure you and your family are receiving the appropriate benefits.

Source: ssa.gov, "Disability Planner: Family Benefits," Accessed March 27, 2017

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