If a child does not meet the requirements outlined in RS 00203.001A at the time they apply for child’s benefits, we may be able to find the applicant
entitled to child’s benefits by:
establishing entitlement for months in a retroactive period during which the child
met all requirements in RS 00203.001A; and
terminating the child’s entitlement with the month before the month in which any of
the terminating events in RS 00203.035 occurred.
For example, a child who is married at the time they file their application for benefits,
may be entitled to benefits for months prior to the month of their marriage. If benefits
are payable for a retroactive period, the marriage is a terminating event.
IMPORTANT: Consider protective filing (see GN 00204.010) and retroactivity for Title II benefits (see GN 00204.030) when determining a child’s eligibility for a retroactive period.
For policy on the first month of entitlement to child’s benefits, see RS 00203.005 for death cases and RS 00203.010 for life cases.