The period for filing proof of support may be extended where there is “good cause” for failure to file within the initial period.
“Good cause” for failure to file within the specified period may be found when the individual
establishes that such failure was caused by:
Circumstances beyond the individual's control, such as extended illness, mental or
physical incapacity, communication difficulties, etc. (see SSR 61-4);
Incorrect or incomplete information furnished the individual by SSA (see SSR 61-55);
Efforts by the individual to secure supporting evidence because he/she assumed such
evidence must be submitted at the same time he/she filed a support statement; or
Unusual or unavoidable circumstances under which the individual could not reasonably
be expected to have been aware of the need to file timely, e.g., the individual's
education or environment is such that he/she could not be expected to familiarize
himself/herself with, understand, and guide his/her actions by the technical time-limitation
provision (see SSR 63-16 and SSR 67-35).
“Good cause” for failure to file within the prescribed period does not exist when the evidence
shows that the individual was informed of the time limitation for filing and failed
to file within the specified period through negligence or intent not to file.