The family members of Portland residents who receive Social Security disability benefits may also be qualified to receive benefits based upon the recipient’s disability earnings record. Each family member may be awarded a monthly benefit of up to 50 percent of the original rate, but the benefits of all family members must typically add up to between 50 and 80 percent, meaning that the benefits of some family members may need to be proportionally reduced if multiple family members begin receiving benefits.
A Portland resident’s spouse may be also be eligible to receive disability benefits. Typically, a spouse can be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits if he or she is over the age of 62, caring for one’s child that is under the age of 16, or is disabled and currently being supplied with Social Security benefits.
The spouse will receive any benefits for which he or she qualifies individually first, but may be awarded a combination of Social Security disability benefits based on the earnings record of a spouse. Additionally, an ex-spouse may qualify for benefits based on a Portland resident’s earnings record if he or she has reached retirement age, is unmarried and was married to the recipient for at least 10 years.
Benefits for children typically end after a child reaches the age of 18, unless the child is disabled or a full-time student. As soon as a child who is a full time student graduates or turns 19, he or she is no longer an eligible dependent for the purposes of receiving disability benefits. One exception to this is if the child became disabled before the age of 22. In this case, the child can continue to claim benefits indefinitely.
An experienced Portland disability benefits attorney can help Social Security disability recipients determine the eligibility of family members and guide the family members through the application process.
Source: Social Security Online, “Family Benefits.”