Do you automatically file for your children when you file for disability
This is honestly a question that never would have occurred to me, but I'm addressing the question because I came across it in a forum.
And the answer is, no, when you start the social security disability process for yourself, it only involves you as the disability applicant and no one else. If you are later approved for disability (or denied for disability and later approved after a series of disability appeals), then your children may potentially receive what SSA staffers refer to as auxilliary benefits. However, this is not guaranteed in any way and is dependent on what you actually paid into the system as a result of your work activity.
Aside from auxilliary benefits, the only way for your children to receive benefits is by ---
A. Applying for disability as an adult.
B. Apply for disability as a minor-age child.
C. Apply for disability as a disabled adult child, wherein your child would be able to receive benefits under your earnings record. The application for DAC must be filed after age 18 and onset must be established prior to age 22 and this type of application can only be filed if the number holder i.e. parent is receiving benefits.
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