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When do parent's insurance benefits end?

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at

427. When do parent's insurance benefits end?

Your parent's insurance benefits end if any of the conditions below are met:

  1. You die;

  2. You become entitled to a retirement insurance benefit that is equal to or larger than the amount of the unadjusted parent's insurance benefit; or

  3. You marry.

    Note: If the marriage is to a person entitled to monthly Social Security benefits as a divorced spouse, widow(er), mother, father, parent, or a disabled child age 18 or over, see §1852.

    If the remarriage was absolutely void or was annulled from the beginning, see §1853.

You are not entitled to parent's insurance benefits for the month in which any of the above events occurs.

Last Revised: March, 2001

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