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If I adopt my wife's children, will the Social Security disability benefits for them paid to their biological father stop?

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My two step-children receive money from their disabled biological father. This money is paid to him by Social Security, and he pays taxes on it and then sends it to the children's mother, my wife. If he agrees to let me adopt the children, thereby relinquishing any claim to being legally responsible for them, will the children's payments from Social Security stop?

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If his parental rights are terminated, the children are no longer his dependents, and I predict the benefits will be terminated.

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Thanks very much! This answer will be very useful for us in deciding if we want to move forward with the adoption.

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I agree with Ms. Sinclair. The payments will be terminated since the child is no longer his dependent.

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