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Family benefits

Family benefits provide monthly payments to certain family members of people who are eligible for Retirement or Disability.

Family benefits are also commonly called “spousal” or “child” benefits.

Who can get Family benefits

Spouses, ex-spouses, children, and some grandchildren may be eligible for Family benefits. We consider age, marital status, and other factors when we determine eligibility.

What you could get

You could get up to half of your family member’s benefit amount and may be eligible for Medicare based on their work history. 

What you need to report

To make sure you get the right payments, tell us about updates, like marriage, school, and income changes.