TN 16 (09-11)
RS 00203.035 Child's Benefits Termination of Entitlement
A. General information on termination
A child's entitlement ends with the month before the month in which any of the following occurs:
The child dies.
2. Attainment of age 18
The child attains age 18 and is not disabled or a full-time student. A child born on the first day of the month attains age 18 in the previous month based on Agency policy concerning attainment of age.
NOTE: If the child is under a disability, see RS 00203.035B.1. If the child is a full-time student, see RS 00203.035B.2.
The child marries, with these exceptions:
Entitlement does not end if the child is a child disability beneficiary ( CDB ) and the marriage is to a Social Security beneficiary other than:
a child beneficiary under age 18, or
a child beneficiary age 18 or 19 entitled because he or she is a full-time student.
An individual receiving Supplemental Security Income benefits only is not included in the definition of a “Social Security beneficiary.”
Although a putative marriage in Louisiana terminates a child's entitlement, a putative marriage in any other state that recognizes such marriages does not. Under the laws of some states, a party to a void marriage may acquire inheritance rights as a spouse. This relationship is a putative marriage. The essential basis of a putative marriage is a good faith belief in the existence of a valid marriage at its inception and a continuous good faith belief (in a life case) or good faith until the worker dies (in a death case). (For information on putative marriages, see GN 00305.085.)
NOTE: For instructions about same-sex marriage, see GN 00210.100.
NOTE: Benefits to a CDB no longer terminate because the benefits of his or her spouse who is a CDB or disability beneficiary terminate. A female CDB whose benefits terminate in or after July 1969 because her husband's CDB benefits terminated for a reason other than death may have her benefits reinstated.
4. NH no longer entitled to disability insurance benefits
Entitlement ends the first month the NH is no longer entitled to a disability insurance benefit, unless the entitlement ended because of his or her death or entitlement to retirement insurance benefits.
B. Special rules
In addition to the situations listed in child’s benefits termination of entitlement, RS 00203.035A, the following terminating events apply:
1. Child disability beneficiary (CDB)
The entitlement of a CDB ends with the second month following the month he or she ceases to be under a disability, unless in such month he or she is under age 19 and a full-time student.
NOTE: The trial work provision discussed in DI 13010.035 applies to a CDB.
The entitlement of a full-time student age 18-19 ends whenever the following occurs first, unless at such time he or she is entitled to benefits as a CDB:
The month before the month he or she attains age 19, or deemed to have attained age 19.
The first month during, no part of which, he or she is a full-time student. (For information on when student benefits terminate, see RS 00205.325B.)
3. Legally adopted child
Entitlement to a child's benefit based on a legal adoption terminates if the adoption is annulled. The effective date of the termination to benefits is the month the annulment becomes effective.
a. Divorce between parent and NH
If the marriage (including invalid ceremonial marriage) between the NH and the stepchild's parent ends in a divorce that becomes final in or after July 1996, the stepchild's benefits terminate. The stepchild's entitlements end with the month the divorce becomes final, i.e., that month is the last month the stepchild is entitled. This provision is contained in section 104 of P.L. 104-121. (For post-entitlement processing instructions, see GN 02602.400.)
CAUTION: If the NH has legally adopted the child, entitlement may be possible as an adopted child.
If the marriage between the NH and the stepchild's parent ends in a divorce becoming final before July 1996, the divorce will not terminate the stepchild's entitlement. If the divorce is after June 30, 1996, the divorce does terminate the stepchild’s entitlement. If the NH and the stepchild’s parent remarry, they must meet a new one-year duration of relationship and one-half support-met requirement before re-entitlement.
b. Annulment of marriage between parent and NH
When an annulment of the marriage between the NH and the stepchild's parent occurs, the following policy applies:
If the marriage was...
And the annulment operates...
Benefits will terminate as of the month of the annulment, for annulments in or after September 1996. For annulments prior to September 1996, continue benefits.
C. Policy if adoption is a non-termination event
The adoption of a child already entitled to benefits does not terminate the child's benefits. Prior to November 1972, adoption did terminate benefits with certain exceptions. If a child’s entitlement was terminated due to an adoption they may be re-entitled to child's benefits beginning November 1972 based on an application filed after October 30, 1972, provided the child meets all other requirements for re-entitlement.