Dear Rusty: My nephew died suddenly at 50 years of age and left 2 children, ages 17 and 14. He was divorced, but they were married for more than 10 years, and his ex-wife works as a nurse. My nephew worked for more than 10 years during his lifetime. I want to know if the children are eligible for survivor benefits and the amount of benefits they will receive, and if their mother’s income will affect their eligibility.
Also, will my nephew’s ex-wife be eligible for survivor’s benefit as she is taking care of a child younger than 16 years old? She did not remarry. Will her income affect her survivor’s benefit? Signed: Helpful Relative
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