Is There Any Support Available For My Disabled Adult Child?
Having a disabled child is a challenge when that individual is younger, but the concerns do not dissipate as that individual transitions into adulthood. You may be concerned about what support is available for an adult child. If, as the parent of a disabled adult child, you receive Social Security benefits, your adult child could be entitled to collect benefits based on your own earnings record. This is for disabled adult children over the age of 18.
In order to be classified as a disabled adult child, the individual in question must be over the age of 18, unmarried, affected by a disability that happened prior to age 22, and the child of someone receiving Social Security benefits or the child of a parent who is deceased but was otherwise entitled to receive Social Security benefits.
In order to be classified as disabled, the adult child must meet the same criteria outlined for other disabilities, such as:
• The severity of the impairment must be such that the individual is unable to perform any type of substantial work
• The disability has either lasted for 12 months or is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death
Bear in mind that if the adult child ends up getting married, this will usually mean he or she is no longer entitled to SSDI benefits under the parent’s qualification in the past. In the event that the disabled adult child gets married to another disabled adult child, however, both parties may be eligible to retain SSDI benefits they were already receiving.
These issues can be complex, which is why it’s recommended that you consult with an experienced disability attorney to understand the system more clearly and to proceed in the most appropriate manner to help an adult child get needed disability benefits.