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JESSICAE
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Posted on Friday, July 23, 2004 - 12:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a unique question. A married couple splits. The father has been declared mentally unstable. Therefore, mother collects SSI ($600/monthly) on 11 year old child. Before child turns 11 mother gets drunk and makes confession TO THE CHILD (as well as assorted friends and family)that father is not actually real father. Obviously there are alot more problems here (as they are being dealt with) but legally can mother still collect the money for child from SSI? (P.S. - Mother has already taken it upon herself to brief 11 year old on real father who happens to live down the street!)
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Posted on Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 12:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

First, the only way a child can get SSI is to himself be disabled. So I assume that you mean that the child is drawing Child's Social Security benefits on the assumed father's record.

If that is so, and the assumed father raised the child, and provided more than half of the child's support, then the child is his stepchild, and a stepchild who receives more than half of his support from the stepparent is entitled to a child's check when the stepparent becomes disabled.

If not, or if there is an argument not, you have a mess and mom better get to an attorney.

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