One of the great things about the SSDI program is that some family members of successful SSDI applicants may also receive “auxiliary benefits.”  Auxiliary benefits equal 50% of the applicant’s benefit (or 75% of the applicant’s benefit if applicant has died).  This means that if the applicant’s monthly benefit amount, or PIA, is $1,500, eligible family members will usually receive $750 per month in auxiliary benefits. (If there are multiple eligible family members they will split the $750.)  Eligible family members include: (1) a spouse if he or she has a minor child under the age of 16 or a disabled child in his or her care, or if the spouse is at least 62 years old (this also applies to a divorced spouse if the marriage lasted at least 10 years); and (2) dependent and unmarried children who are minors (under age 18), high school students under the age of 19, or who became disabled before the age of 22.

Social Security Disability Topics

The Social Security Disability Process

Types of Social Security Disability Benefits

How Social Security Determines if You Are Disabled

Improving Your Chances of Winning

Do I really need to get an attorney?

Your Hearing Before An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)

Appealing a Denial of Benefits