§ 164. Old-Age Benefits - Benefits for Others That Are Linked To


When an individual is entitled to old-age insurance (retirement) benefits, his or her spouse, divorced spouse, or child may be entitled to derivative benefits on the worker's account. Since an individual is not entitled to old-age insurance benefits until he or she has filed an application, these derivative benefits, too, must await the worker's application. There is one exception to this rule: benefits for most divorced spouses do not depend on the worker's having filed an application.


  • Related Sections:
    • Part 1
      § 152. The Different Types of Social Security Benefits - Benefits Categorized According to the Worker's Situation
      § 160. Old-Age Benefits - In General
      § 161. Old-Age Benefits - Entitlement
      § 162. Old-Age Benefits - Amount
      § 163. Old-Age Benefits - Relationship to Prior or Subsequent Benefits Received by Worker
      § 250. Benefits for the Spouse of an Old-Age or Disability Benefits Recipient - Entitlement
      § 255. Benefits for the Divorced Spouse of an Old-Age or Disability Benefits Recipient
      § 260. Benefits for the Child of an Old-Age or Disability Benefits Recipient - Entitlement