[APG Public List] Questions on Social Security Benefits Application

Dee Gibson-Roles wncgen at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 9 18:36:06 MST 2011

Joan and all,
I just ran this by a good friend who is retired from Social Security and her 
function was taking initial applications and making sure all the necessary data 
was there before processing them.  She says that the marriage record would not 
necessarily be there in the initial application, but would likely be a part of 
subsequent supporting documentation.  She also said exactly what you said: if 
the children were born during a marriage, it is presumed that they were the 
children of the husband unless proven otherwise.  At any rate,  it sure wouldn't 
ever hurt to look at the entire application, because the one paper that's not 
check out is the very one that the information sought will be on!  



From: "JYoung6180 at aol.com" <JYoung6180 at aol.com>
To: wncgen at yahoo.com; donna316 at tx.rr.com; apgpubliclist at apgen.org
Sent: Sun, January 9, 2011 8:12:05 PM
Subject: Re: [APG Public List] Questions on Social Security Benefits Application


Your situation is different in that there was no marriage. Where a marriage 
exists there is a legal presumption that the husband fathered the children born 
during the marriage--unless someone could prove otherwise. Where there is NO 
marriage then parentage would have to be established through other means--in 
your case the birth records of the children.


In a message dated 1/9/2011 7:23:28 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, wncgen at yahoo.com 
I have two grandchildren who are drawing Social Security.  Their father is 
deceased.  He and their mother (my duaghter) were never married (they were under 
18 when the kids were born and I refused to sign for her to marry him because I 
knew he was a drug addict.  We think an overdose killed him at age 33.)  When my 
daughter applied for SS for them after his death, she was not asked about a 
marriage - just their birth certificates as marriage doesn't prove fatherhood.  
Hope this helps.

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