I will try to break this into a few small questions that might answer my situation without being too tangled:
If a survivor permanently disabled child (adult) already gets SSI, lives in a group home setting, are they eligible for survivor's benefits on top of, or instead of, SSI if it would be a greater amount than the SSI payments?
What standard is used to determine if a permanently disabled child (over 16 but less than 18) qualifies for survivor benefits when the other parent dies after the child is already 16?
Can a divorced spouse who is already remarried (and/or works) who cares for a disabled child receive survivor benefits? Does the terms of a divorce decree matter in these cases (other parent provided child support and housing)?
I have read the social security website and am unclear on all of this. Is it just something that will depend on who you end up seeing that is interpreting your case?
thank you for any insights...