What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? PA
My ex was recently granted SSDI which I understand now makes my son eligible to receive auxiliary benefits. I have an appointment with SS, but it's not for another month. I'm trying to get as much information ahead of time so I know what to expect. My ex has three children all together, my son and two children from his first marriage. He hasn't seen any of the children in close to 10 years, so I highly doubt he'll notify the first wife of the situation. I've got a basic understanding of how auxiliary benefits are calculated, but what I can't figure out is what happens to the calculations if the first wife doesn't file a claim? The Federal Code specifically mentions something to the affect of the person has to apply! Does my son automatically just get a third of the total available amount regardless of whether she files or does he get the full amount up until the point when the first wife files a claim for the other two children? Then, of course, my son's portion would then be reduced to a third. I'm confused about how this works.
Secondly, my ex will be getting a huge, lump sum amount for the SSDI. I'm told that my son may be eligible for a lump sum amount too. Will the lump sum go back the same amount of time as the timeframe used for ex's lump sum payment? How are the lump sum payments calculated? And are they affected by the amount of children? And again, what happens to the calculation for my son if the first wife doesn't file?
Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!