A change in the family circumstances can result in a change of payment to a child
and a possible change of representative payee, See (GN 00505.040) - Change of Payee For Beneficiary Living Abroad-General.
It is important for technicians in the Field Office (FO), Federal Benefits Unit (FBU),
and Payment Service Centers (PSC) to be alert to situations which indicate a possible
change in parental status.
Such information may come to the attention of technicians:
During the review of the annual enforcement questionnaires;
From reports of the parent’s death or marriage; or
Any other reports or information received regarding the status of a parent.
This information is in the booklet SSA-10137, “Your Payments While You Are Outside
the United States.” It tells the parent or representative payee to report any changes
to SSA which could affect payment based on the parent’s U.S. residence. See (GN 02605.030) - Representative Payee Cases--COA.
Regardless of how the information is received, the action to be taken depends on the
current payment status of the child.