Can my family get disability benefits?

Yes, other members of your family can also receive SSDI benefits based on your record, including:

  • Your spouse if he or she is age 62 or older or is caring for a child who is younger than age 16 or disabled
  • Your children under age 18
  • Other dependents such as your grandchildren.

Disabled, unmarried children over age 18 whose disability began before age 22 and whose disability meets the criteria of the SSA also can receive benefits.

In certain circumstances, your divorced ex-spouse – if still unmarried and age 62 or older – may receive benefits if you were married to each other for at least 10 years.