Benefits For Your Family
When you start receiving Social Security retirement
or disability benefits, other family members also may be
eligible for payments. For example, benefits can be paid to
your husband or wife:
• If he or she is age 62 or older; or
• At any age if he or she is caring for your child (the child
must be younger than 16 or disabled and entitled to
Social Security benefits on your record).
Benefits can also be paid to your unmarried children
• Younger than 18;
• Between 18 and 19 years old, but in elementary orsecondary school as full-time students; or
• Age 18 or older and severely disabled (the disability must
have started before age 22).
If you become the parent of a child (including an
adopted child) after you begin receiving benefits, let us
know about the child, so we can decide if the child is
eligible for benefits.