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  How can a parent be entitled to survivors benefits?
  I would like to know if a parent will be eligible to receive as a survivor on the record of a deceased working child?

A parent is entitled to survivor benefits on the record of a deceased child if the child was fully insured at the time of death and the parent:

  • Is age 62 or older;
  • Not entitled to benefits on his or her own record that are equal to or greater than the amount of  the survivor's benefit; and
  • Was receiving at least one-half support from the deceased child.
In order to receive survivor benefits, the parent must:
  • File and application;
  • Provide the evidence of support; and
  • Not have remarried since the deceased child's death.

The above requirements apply to natural parents, legally adoptive parents and stepparents established before the deceased child reached age 16.

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