TN 9 (10-93)
RS 00208.105 Avoidance of Entitlement - Mothers/Fathers
It may be to the surviving spouse's advantage to avoid entitlement to permit an only child to receive a sole survivors's minimum.
The widow(er)'s benefit would be offset due to the receipt of a government pension.
C. Procedure - PC
If it appears advantageous for the widow(er), previously entitled as a spouse, to avoid entitlement as a mother/father:
do not automatically convert the spouse's benefits
ask FO to explain the possibility to the widow(er); and
develop child-in-care, representative payee, etc.
D. Procedure - FO
Ordinarily, the mother/father should not be encouraged to avoid entitlement unless there is a clear advantage. The FO will:
NOTE: If these benefits were awarded before the statement was filed, the withdrawal after adjudication conditions apply. See GN 00206.095. If, after avoiding entitlement, the mother/father later wishes to become entitled, benefits may be paid only upon the filing of an application (see GN 00205.150 for determination requirements regarding future disabled widow's benefits (DWB)).