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Benefits for children

If you are receiving benefits on behalf of a child, there are important things you should know about his or her benefits.

When a child reaches age 18

A child's benefits stop with the month before the child reaches age 18, unless the child is disabled or is a full-time elementary or secondary school student and unmarried. About three months before the child's 18th birthday, you will get a letter explaining how benefits can continue. Social Security also will send the child a letter and a student form.

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How to increase your Social Security retirement benefits after you started receiving them

This outlines an article which outlines how to rescind an earlier decision to take lower Social Security retirement benefits. By rescinding your decision to take early benefits, you can increase your retirement benefits -- but only after you pay back all your previous retirement benefits!

Note that we cover this same concept in this video.

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