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Frequently Asked Questions Retirement

Are recurring monthly benefits payable to the children of a deceased retiree?

Unmarried children who are dependent upon the retiree may receive recurring monthly benefits. We consider a child dependent if he or she:

  • was born within marriage to the retiree:
  • is an adopted child who meets all of the following conditions:
    • the child lived with the deceased retiree, and
    • the deceased filed a petition to adopt the child, and
    • the child was adopted before the retiree’s death or by the surviving spouse after the retiree died;
  • is a stepchild or recognized child born out out-of-wedlock who was living with the retiree in a parent and child relationship when the retiree died; or
  • is a recognized child born out-of-wedlock for whom a judicial determination of support has been obtained.

We consider the child dependent if there is proof that the deceased made regular and substantial contributions to the child's support.

Refer to information about a child's continuing eligibility after age 18.

See how the amount of children's benefits is determined.

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