- A widow/widower — full benefits at full retirement age (currently age 65), or reduced benefits as early as age 60. See our page on Parents Benefits.
- A disabled widow/widower — as early as age 50
- A widow/widower at any age if he or she takes care of the deceased’s child who is under age 16 or disabled, and receiving Social Security benefits
- Unmarried children under 18, or up to age 19 if they are attending high school full time. Sometimes benefits can be paid to stepchildren, grandchildren, or adopted children
- Children at any age who were disabled before age 22 and remain disabled
Dependent parents at 62 or older
- benefits for your surviving divorced spouse,
- how much your survivors would receive.
Benefits For Children Publication 10085 Children SSA Website
Government Pension Offset if survivor had pension not covered by Social Security Publication 10007
How Social Security Can Help You When A Family Member Dies Publication 10008
Survivors Benefits Publication 10084
Survivors Planner – for the survivor
What You Need to Know When You Get Retirement Or Survivors Benefits Publication 10077
Widow Or Widower,Divorced Spouse, SSA Website
How Much Your Survivors Would Receive. SSA Website
Nolo – Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions – Maximize your benefits
Related, Child & Sibling Pages
- How are retirement benefits taxed?
- Survivor – Death Benefits